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Squabble Over Alberta Dental Fees Highlights Broader Need to Rethink What is Publicly Insured

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Squabble Over Alberta Dental Fees Highlights Broader Need to Rethink What is Publicly Insured




By: Lorian HardcastlePDF Version: Squabble Over Alberta Dental Fees Highlights Broader Need to Rethink What is Publicly Insured A 2016 government report revealed that dental procedures cost up to 44% more in Alberta than in neighbouring provinces. In addition, 62% of Albertans reported limiting dental visits due to cost concerns. The resulting fallout from this 2016 report led the Alberta Dental Association and College (ADAC) to respond with a new fee guide on August 17, 2017. When the ADAC stopped publishing its fee guide in 1997, Alberta became the only province without such a guide, which may have contributed to the current high cost of dental care. Although dentists are not bound by the fees listed in these guides, they can encourage price competition, improve transparency, and better inform patients. Alberta’s Minister of Health was “not satisfied” with the new guide, which proposed a 3% across-the-board reduction in dental fees. She…



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