Alberta Dentists Seek Clarity and Consultation on Provincial Opt-Out

Statement from the Alberta Dental Association on Premier Danielle Smith’s June 25, 2024, letter opting out of the Canadian Dental Care Plan:

Alberta’s dentists are concerned that the Government of Alberta’s decision to opt out of the federal Canadian Dental Care Plan (CDCP), without further details, makes an already complex situation even more confusing for both patients and dentists. While our Association has met with the Province about existing low-income dental programs and the possibility of an Alberta-based program, our focus is on supporting Alberta’s dentists and the oral health of all Albertans.

It is true that Alberta’s existing dental programs are among the most diverse in the country but they are outdated and often limit timely access to oral health care for patients. If the Province is serious about providing Albertans with the best possible access to affordable dental care, it is crucial to consult and listen to those on the front line – Alberta’s dentists.

Alberta’s dentists want a sustainable oral health program that works for Albertans. We have outlined solutions for the Province to improve patient experience, reduce delays in care, reduce multiple visits, eliminate unnecessary red tape, and more fairly reimburse dentists who have been treating low-income Albertans below their own costs and without an updated agreement for more than seven years.

Our Association welcomes more discussions with the Province and a successful path forward for Alberta’s dental programs by the end of the summer.

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Lucas Warren