Quebec Dentists to Withdraw From Public Health-Care System

More than 1,300 dentists are withdrawing from Quebec’s public health-care system Friday in a protest designed to inundate the health ministry in paperwork.

Patients covered under the public health system will still receive free dental care. But those treated by dentists who have withdrawn will have to mail their bills to the Régie de l’assurance maladie du Québec, await payment to be sent back, and then submit the payment to their dentist, a process that could take months. Under the usual system, dentists send their bills directly to the Régie online and are reimbursed via direct deposit.

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