Alberta’s Updated Dental Fee Guide Helps No One, says Calgary Urban Project Society Director

It’s just not enough. That’s what local non-profit and community assistance programmers are saying about the first dental fee guide to come out in Alberta since 1997.

Pushed by the provincial government, the Alberta Dental Association and College (ADA&C) updated the guide, which lowered prices by an average of 8.5 per cent. The recommended cost of a recall oral exam is now $65.

By comparison, the price of a recall exam in B.C. is $29.

Darryn Werth, senior director at Calgary Urban Projects Society, or CUPS, says the new pricing guide does nothing to help the most marginalized in our society, including those who are homeless.

He says that unlike our public health care system, where anyone can seek resources in walk-ins and hospitals, the dental system is out of reach for those most vulnerable.

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