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LIFE AND HEALTH INSURANCE INDUSTRY WELCOMES NEWS OF DENTAL FEE GUIDE IN ALBERTA BUT MORE WORK NEEDED


News Release

Release Date: 08/18/2017
Staff Reference: Wendy Hope

Toronto, August 18, 2017 -- The Canadian Life and Health Insurance Association (CLHIA) sees the announcement of a fee guide for dental services in Alberta as a step in the right direction. “However, more work needs to be done to bring fees down to reasonable levels, given that dental fees in Alberta are 26 to 32 per cent higher than elsewhere in the country,” stated Stephen Frank, CLHIA’s President and CEO.

The CLHIA has been working with the Government of Alberta since 2015 to implement changes that would have had a more substantial effect than the 2 to 3 per cent savings projected by the Alberta Dental Association and Colleges (ADAC). “In addition to a substantial reduction in dental fees, the CLHIA also strongly recommends that, as is already the case in most other provinces, the ADAC be split into separate entities,” noted Mr. Frank. “The protection of the public and protection of dentists are conflicting priorities and should not be under the mandate of a single organization.”

“The CLHIA looks forward to continuing to work with the Government of Alberta and invites the ADAC to work with the industry to continue to resolve these issues,” added Mr. Frank.

About the CLHIA

The CLHIA is a voluntary association whose member companies account for 99 percent of Canada’s life and health insurance business. The industry provides a wide range of financial security products such as life insurance, annuities, pensions and supplementary health insurance to 28 million Canadians. It also holds close to $760 billion of assets in Canada and employs 148,600 Canadians.

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For more information, please contact:
Wendy Hope, Vice President, External Relations
(613) 691-6001/whope@clhia.ca