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Calculating operating costs

I was recently asked the following question: how do we work out the operating costs per surgery per day? My answer The calculation is:

  1. assume the practice is open and staffed but there are no fee-earners and no patients

  2. costs DO NOT include lab and materials or associate/hygiene wages because no patients turned up

  3. but costs are everything else needed to run the building, including staff wages

Calculate that figure and divide by number of full-time dental surgery days per annum.

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