Provincial dental fee increases for 2011

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It’s that that time of year when most provincial and territorial dental associations release their annual fee guides. Typically there is an increase across the board for dental services performed by general practitioners. The information in provincial fee guides helps us establish reimbursement levels for the dental services your plan members receive.

This chart summarizes fee guide increases announced for 2011 by the provincial dental associations (except for the Alberta Dental Association and College, which doesn’t publish an annual fee guide).

Province

Percentage cost increase

Details of increase

2011 effective date

British Columbia

1.80% overall

Procedure codes

Classification

Percentage cost increase

February 1

00000-09999

Diagnostic

3.6%

10000-19999

Preventive

1.6%

20000-23999

  Restorative
  - Amalgams
  - Composites


4.2%
1.3%

24000-29999

  Restorative
  - Crowns

1.7%

30000-39999

Endodontics

1.3%

40000-49999

Periodontics

1.0%

50000-59999

Prosthodontics - Removable

1.4%

60000-69999

Prosthodontics - Fixed

1.1%

70000-79999

Oral surgery

2.0%

80000-89999

Orthodontics

1.5%

Alberta

4.93% *

Overall increase

* For more information please refer to the information following this chart.

February 1

Saskatchewan

3.00%

Overall increase

January 1

Manitoba

3.49%

Overall increase for General Practitioner, Endodontic, Periodontic, Oral & Maxillofacial and Prosthodontic services.

9.5% increase for Pediatric services.

January 1

Northern Manitoba

3.49%

Overall increase for General Practitioner, Endodontic, Periodontic, Oral & Maxillofacial and Prosthodontic services.

9.5% increase for Pediatric services.

This guide has adjusted fees that are about 10% higher than those in the Manitoba guide.

January 1

Ontario

2.00% overall

Service category

Percentage cost increase

January 1

Diagnostic

3.3%

Preventive

1.6%

Restorations
 - Amalgam
 - Composite


1.6%
1.4%

Restorations
 - Crowns


1.1%

Endodontics

1.3%

Periodontics

0.9%

Prosthodontics - Fixed

5.9%

Oral surgery

6.1%

Other

4.7%

Quebec

1.6%

Average increase.

January 1

New Brunswick

2.0%

Overall increase (General Practitioners)

January 1

Nova Scotia

 

Not yet available

February 1

Prince Edward Island

2.27%

Overall increase

January 1

Newfoundland & Labrador

6.0%

General increase, not on all services

January 1

Northwest Territories

2.50%

Overall increase

April 1

Nunavut

0%

No changes for Nunavut in 2011

April 1

Yukon

 

Not yet available

April 1

             

 

How we reimburse dental expenses in Alberta

Since the Alberta Dental Association and College doesn’t publish a dental fee guide, insurers must establish their own reimbursement levels for dental services in Alberta.

At Sun Life Financial, we use our own Alberta-based claims data from the two most recent consecutive calendar years to determine appropriate fee increases for each category of dental service.

Our application of these reimbursement levels may not always result in full reimbursement of the charges by some dentists in Alberta, nor will they necessarily match the reimbursement levels set by other carriers.

For group contracts that provide benefits on a current fee guide basis, the following reimbursement levels will apply:

 

Procedure codes

Classification

2011 increase over 2010 reimbursement guide

00000-09999

Diagnostic (e.g. examinations)

4.5%

10000-19999

Preventive (e.g. cleaning, scaling)

4.5%

20000-22999

Restorative – Basic (e.g. fillings)

6.0%

23000-24999

Composite fillings

6.0%

25000-29999

Restorative – Major (eg. crowns)

6.0%

30000-39999

Endodontics (e.g. root canal treatment)

5.0%

40000-49999

Periodontics (e.g. gum treatment)

4.0%

50000-59999

Prosthodontics – Removable (e.g. dentures)

6.0%

60000-69999

Prosthodontics – Fixed (e.g. bridges)

5.0%

70000-79999

Oral and maxillofacial surgery

5.0%

80000-89999

Orthodontics

0%

90000-99999

Adjunctive general services

5.0%

 

Plan sponsors in Alberta

Dental fees in Alberta vary significantly because the province doesn’t publish a provincial dental association fee guide. 

Our recommended reimbursement guide is developed to cover fees that are representative of what the majority of patients are charged.  However, did you know that our dental claims system allows you the flexibility to amend your plan so that dental claims can be reimbursed at a higher or lower level than the options provided in our Alberta reimbursement guide? Please contact your Sun Life Financial group representative to explore your choices.

We are also including a communication for your plan members. “Making the most of your dental benefits 2011” explains how we reimburse dental services in Alberta.

Questions?

Please contact your Client Service Administrator at 1-877-786-7227.