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Dentists Being Advised to Charge Patients for Increased Use of PPE

October 26, 2020
by CityNews

The pandemic may make your next visit to the dentist a little more expensive with a surcharge added to your bill to cover the cost of masks, gowns and other personal protective equipment.

The Ontario Dental Association says its giving members the option of charging patients between $8 and $18 per appointment to help defray these additional costs.

ODA President Dr. Lesli Hapak says one of her colleagues found that other professionals are doing the same thing.

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2 Comments » for Dentists Being Advised to Charge Patients for Increased Use of PPE
  1. Silvia+Butterman says:

    I strongly believe that this it is gouging people for something that was in a routine before this pandemic. Patients are not going to go to the Dentist that are charging this extra cost . It is not worth to loose patients and I have seen this already . Patients are already short of funds, lost their job and insurance coverage and on top this , I find this a robbery as well as extremely greedy and condescending. Please think twice at what you want to implement that can cost you thousands of $ . Sars and H1N1 was almost the same and if you followed the protocol then, today it is a bit more but in reality not more in cost.
    If I was to be charge this and was not able to , I would change and forgo going all together. Think of the people that do not have a well paying job or economic situation
    It is better to give a little and then feel the legacy you are leaving behind once you either sell and retire. o Or no longer alive.

  2. Jane Lessard says:

    I feel this is taking advantage of customers. Are these disposable gowns? If not and they can be reused after washing why are people getting charged. It is the cost of doing business while still limiting services. Someone is abusing the system yet again and at the expense of the general public!!

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