Pro­tect­ing fam­i­lies from ris­ing den­tal costs

The McLeod River Post - - Family, Farm & Garden - Spe­cial to the Post

The gov­ern­ment will cre­ate a public den­tal fee guide to give Al­ber­tans the in­for­ma­tion they need to pro­tect their pocket books when mak­ing de­ci­sions about their den­tal health.

A den­tal fee re­view has con­firmed that prices in Al­berta are higher and grow­ing faster than any­where else in Canada. The re­view in­cluded an anal­y­sis of low, av­er­age and high fees for the most com­mon den­tal pro­ce­dures per­formed in Al­berta to­day. This list will let Al­ber­tans com­pare prices and shop around for ser­vices that fit their needs.

“We are em­pow­er­ing fam­i­lies with the in­for­ma­tion they need when ac­cess­ing den­tal ser­vices and this is just the first step we are tak­ing. We are part­ner­ing with the Al­berta Den­tal As­so­ci­a­tion and Col­lege to fur­ther pro­tect con­sumers by in­tro­duc­ing a public fee guide sim­i­lar to those found in ev­ery other prov­ince. Work is also un­der­way to close gaps in gov­ern­ment pro­grams for vul­ner­a­ble Al­ber­tans and to help fam­i­lies un­der­stand their rights as den­tal con­sumers.”

Sarah Hoff­man, Deputy Premier and Min­is­ter of Health

“Hear­ing this news to­day is a step in the right di­rec­tion to im­prov­ing ac­cess to den­tal care for Al­ber­tans. I was for­tu­nate to be able to ac­cess the School of Den­tistry’s ser­vices over the last four years to en­sure my den­tal needs were met at a rea­son­able cost.”

Am­brose Blum, School of Den­tistry pa­tient

In ad­di­tion to the fee re­port and a new public fee guide, the Min­is­ter of Health has asked the Al­berta Den­tal Col­lege and As­so­ci­a­tion to:

• Sub­mit a plan out­lin­ing strate­gies to con­tinue grow­ing public con­fi­dence in the pro­fes­sion.

• Iden­tify so­lu­tions that ad­dress con­cerns and con­fu­sion about den­tists’ ad­ver­tis­ing guide­lines.

“The Al­berta Den­tal As­so­ci­a­tion and Col­lege ac­cepts the den­tal fee re­view es­tab­lished by the Min­is­ter of Health. We look for­ward to con­tin­u­ing to work with the gov­ern­ment to make this a doc­u­ment that will best serve Al­ber­tans and Den­tists alike.” Dr. Al­lan Graas, Pres­i­dent, Al­berta Den­tal As­so­ci­a­tion and Col­lege

“The School of Den­tistry’s man­date is to ed­u­cate stu­dents to be­come so­cially re­spon­si­ble, com­pas­sion­ate health­care prac­ti­tion­ers, and in do­ing so, we pro­vide ac­cess to care to the cit­i­zens of Al­berta. In part­ner­ship with the Gov­ern­ment of Al­berta and the Al­berta Den­tal As­so­ci­a­tion & Col­lege, we are pleased to be part of im­prov­ing how Al­ber­tans ac­cess den­tal ser­vices.”

Dr. Paul Ma­jor, Chair, School of Den­tistry, Se­nior As­so­ciate Dean, Fac­ulty of Medicine and Den­tistry

“Em­ploy­ers and the 1.8 mil­lion Al­ber­tans on den­tal plans that work for them are clearly con­cerned about the high cost of den­tal treat­ments in the prov­ince. We are pleased that the Gov­ern­ment of Al­berta has lis­tened to th­ese con­cerns and is re­spond­ing with in­for­ma­tion to al­low con­sumers to make an in­formed choice. We look for­ward to fur­ther col­lab­o­ra­tion on this im­por­tant is­sue.”

Frank Swedlove, Cana­dian Life and Health In­sur­ance As­so­ci­a­tion Inc. Pres­i­dent and CEO

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