June 11, 2020
by The Globe and Mail
Quebec’s dentists are charging the first set of patient fees in the country aimed at recouping the extra costs related to the COVID-19 pandemic, and their counterparts in other provinces are studying whether to follow suit.
Earlier this month, dentists resumed regular appointments and began charging up to $30 per visit extra for personal protective equipment (PPE) like respirator masks, and infection control measures needed to meet new provincial standards. The Association des chirurgiens dentistes du Quebec, the provincial professional organization that suggests fees each year, is also recommending dentists charge another $84 for the “time and liability” needed to deliver extra care such as screening for the novel coronavirus.
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