Alberta dental fee guide released, though Health Minister not satisfied.

The ADAC (Alberta Dental Association and College) has released a guide for dental fees in Alberta on August 17 following collaboration with the province’s Ministry of Health.The association aims to develop programs for Albertans who don’t get enough dental care.

But Sarah Hoffman, Health Minister is disappointed as the new fee guide doesn’t go far enough to reduce patients’ costs. She added that the association and College didn’t share details of the new guide with her before making it public earlier in the day.

Hoffman said, “If they don’t [meet expectations] we’ll certainly have to have discussions about some of those sharper tools, or bigger tools, in my toolbox.”

The announcement has come in response to a provincial government review that found Albertans pay more for dental care than anywhere else in Canada. The fees outlined in the guide is effective from September 1.