Saturday, January 24, 2009

Drilling down dental costs in Alberta painful, CBC finds

A CBC investigation has found the cost of basic dental work in Alberta varies greatly, partly because the dental association doesn't set or recommend fees.

Every other provincial dental association publishes suggested fees, which dentists in that province usually follow.

But dentists in Alberta set their own fees. The Alberta Dental Association and College surveys those fees each year, but the results are released only to dentists.

The CBC contacted more than 60 dentists across the country to inquire about the fees for two basic services — a basic cleaning and a basic examination. Half of dentists surveyed were in Alberta and half outside the province. Some dentists were reluctant to give out information.

Read the rest on the CBC web site

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