October 14, 2020
Some B.C. dentists are charging patients a COVID-19 fee to help recoup their increased costs during the pandemic.
The surcharges are meant to offset increased spending on masks, face shields, high-volume suction machines, and cleaning supplies, as well as decreased revenues as offices serve fewer patients per day to ensure physical distancing.
In May, the B.C. Dental Association added a $10 PPE (personal protective equipment) code to its list of suggested fees, but it’s up to individual dentists whether to apply it.
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