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‘I Hope I Can Get Back On My Feet’: Dentists ‘Eager’ to Return to Practices

May 20, 2020
by The Chronicle Herald


Two months after their clinics were forced to close, with no revenue coming in and bills still needing to get paid, dentists are “eager” to get the green light from the province to be able to reopen their practices and get back on their feet.

Since they were mandated to close their clinics mid-March to prevent the spread of COVID-19, dentists in Nova Scotia have been working “really hard” providing emergency care to patients over the phone, according to Joanne Thomas, president of the Nova Scotia Dental Association.

Thousands of patients have been managed through this “tele-dentistry” service over the last two months, Thomas said, but since there has been no provincial funding for the service yet and private insurances are “inconsistent,” dentists have “in general” not been getting paid for providing this service.

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