Public Dental Plan - Dentists respond to Couillard

    MONTREAL, Feb. 28 /CNW Telbec/ - Dr. Serge Langlois, President of the
Association des chirurgiens dentistes du Québec (Quebec Association of Dental
Surgeons), is denying Health Minister Philippe Couillard's assertion that
pressure tactics by the Association's members are "disproportionate."
    "Dentists have been supporting the public plan for more than 15 years -
but that's over," Langlois said. "The government cannot demand that a
particular group subsidize a publicly funded plan, nor can it refuse to pay
appropriate fees for services rendered on the basis that they are provided by
people whose income is high. The minister's arguments are distorting the
debate. He is simply trying to garner public sympathy by pointing to dentists'
    Langlois added, "The minister has not said anything substantial
concerning the issue - because our position is beyond reproach. I fail to see
how fees charged to our other patients have any bearing on whether or not the
minister decides to compensate us fairly when we treat patients under the
public dental health plan."
    The ACDQ President noted that dentists are simply seeking fair payment
for the services they offer under the public dental plan. "This is a
reasonable demand, and one the government should have responded to - but
didn't - years ago. As a result, their inertia has left us no recourse but to
turn to pressure tactics."

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