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Some Dentists Extract New Fee From Patients to Keep Up with Rising COVID-19 Costs

June 2, 2020
by NBC News


After nearly two months at home because of the COVID-19 pandemic, Erica Schoenradt was making plans in May to see her dentist for a checkup.

Then she got a notice from Swish Dental that the cost of her next visit would include a new $20 “infection control fee” that likely would not be covered by her insurer.

“I was surprised and then annoyed,” said Schoenradt, 28, of Austin, Texas. She thought it made no sense for her dentist to charge her for keeping the office clean because the practice should be doing that anyway. She canceled the appointment for now.

Swish Dental is one of a growing number of dental practices nationwide that in the past month have begun charging patients infection control fees of $10 to $20.

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