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IMPORTANT NOTICE – PLEASE SHARE
The Alberta Dental Association and College (ADA&C) has just published their 2018 Dental Fee Guide showing a drop of approximately 5% from the guide published in September 2017.
The Association of Alberta Dental Assistants (AADA) met with government representatives in October to discuss where the government expected the money to come from for the reduced fees as published in the September 2017 Dental Fee Guide. The AADA was very clear that our members should not be the targeted factor in reducing fees. It was pointed out that RDAs in Alberta have worked very hard to maintain a reasonable wage in compensation for the high level of skills and knowledge we bring to the dental practice. We estimate that dental practices receive approximately 35% of daily billings due to the contributions of the RDA. That is for the work done directly with the dentist. The RDA also contributes daily billings for work they do independent of other dental health practitioners making that specific dollar amount 100% attributable to the RDAs contribution.
It is the position of the AADA that wages in all work sectors across the province, including those of government officials, are higher in Alberta. The scope of practice for RDAs across Canada is different from province to province. These 2 facts alone make it unreasonable to compare wages across provinces.
Now that the ADA&C along with the Alberta government has announced the 2018 fee guide it is important that RDAs across the province communicate with their provincial membership association, the Association of Alberta Dental Assistants, about any changes in their wages or working conditions that are made as a result of this guide. We need that information to ensure that we have the data we need to be able to advocate for RDAs when the need arises.
Please share this message with your friends and colleagues in the dental industry. Administrative staff; Hygienists, RDAs, Sterilization techs – you would all have information that is of interest to the AADA. Contact the AADA directly by email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 780-987-2022 if you have been negatively affected by the introduction of the 2018 Dental Fee Guide. We need your support in order to support you!
ASSOCIATION OF ALBERTA DENTAL ASSISTANTS
Our vision is:
to build a strong, supportive and cohesive future for Dental Assistants in Alberta by serving the needs
of the professionals we represent.
Our mission is:
* to be a collective voice, advocating for and supporting Dental Assistants in Alberta;
* to pursue initiatives of importance and value to our members;
* to provide benefits and services of value to our members; and
* to advance the profession of dental assisting as directed by our membership.