BC Dental College statement on third party billing

Date de parution : 09/11/2017
Personne(s)-ressource(s) : Joan Weir

September 11, 2017

Registrar’s Office
College of Dental Surgeons of BC
500 – 1765 West 8th Avenue,
Vancouver, BC
V6J 5C6

Sent by email: consultation@cdsbc.org

Re: Third party billing

On behalf of the Canadian life and health insurance industry, we are writing in response to the stakeholder consultation on your draft Statement addressing third party billing. The Canadian Life and Health Insurance Association is a voluntary association with member companies which account for 99 per cent of Canada’s life and health insurance business. In British Columbia, for calendar year 2015, the life and health insurance industry provided more than 2.8 million residents of BC with private dental plan coverage and made payments of about $1.2 billion on dental services. These plans help ensure residents have access to needed dental care.

The draft Statement addresses the current obligations of dentists to treat colleagues and patients fairly in all financial dealings. The insertion of a third party biller into the referral to a dental laboratory or other third party entity, can introduce inflated or hidden fees that BC plan sponsors and individual plan members may be funding. These kinds of practices can threaten the sustainability of dental benefit plans.

We agree with your draft Statement and are fully supportive of the BCSBC’s Ethics Committee recommending publication to the Board of the Statement in its current form.

We thank the College of Dental Surgeons of BC for your leadership on this initiative, and for the opportunity for CLHIA to provide input and support. Should you require any addition information, please feel free to contact me directly.

Joan Weir

Director, Health and Disability Policy