Average Alberta dental rates jump 56% over 10-year periodRelease Date: 02/08/2016 Source: CBC News Calgary News> Staff Reference: Joan Weir
The profession says higher salaries for dental hygenists are part of the problem
If the cost of accessing dental care is causing pain comparable to a root canal, you likely live in Alberta, a new study by an insurance association reveals.
Joan Weir of the Canadian Life and Health Insurance Association says a 10-year assessment of dental rate increases completed last fall shows that Alberta is the most expensive place to keep your teeth healthy.
Joan Weir of the Canadian Life and Health Insurance Association says increases in the cost of dental care in Alberta is in some cases, twice what it is in other provinces. (LinkedIn)
"We have seen a 56 per cent increase overall," Weir said.
"That is on the median fee, there will be some higher and some lower."
That's an average increase of 5.6 per cent annually, more than twice the increase seen in B.C. (2.6 per cent) and Ontario (2.4 per cent).
Those increases are fully paid for by patients.