Costs of Reopening Adding Up for Dentists, Could Lead to Fee Increases

Manitoba’s dentists are trying to reopen their practices after being closed for several weeks due to the coronavirus pandemic, but increased safety measures come with added costs, supply chain issues, and less capacity to treat patients.

“It’s a much more stringent protocol because the virus is so communicable,” said Dr. Alan Grant, who owns Kildonan Place Dental Centre.

“I think the excessive amount of protocols are going to be definitely in the short term expensive, and maybe unnecessary, but we don’t know, and so that’s the problem, by not knowing we have to go more cautious than less cautious,”he said.

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