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Re: For your Real information re:Cost of dental work this month

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  • Peter Aborn
    How nice you have enjoyed what many of my colleagues are calling black market dentistry . The rules, regulations and laws of the Colegio Cirujano Dentistas de
    Message 1 of 4 , Feb 28, 2013
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      How nice you have enjoyed what many of my colleagues are calling 'black market dentistry'. The rules, regulations and laws of the Colegio Cirujano Dentistas de Costa Rica clearly state that all practitioners must charge the posted tarifas minima listed. You may all view the laws and fees on the Colegio website. Look for Tarifas minimas

      I absolutely respect people’s needs to find the best deal possible whether it is goods and/or services, especially during these difficult times. The fees set by the Colegio reflect the administration's knowledge and understanding of what the minimal charge must be applied to insure that the service and materials supplied by the practitioner are of acceptable quality. If you have any questions please contact Dr Tomas Franceschi, administrator of the colegio, at�tomas.franceschi@...


      I would be pleased to share with any person my invoices and costs needed to provide quality care. It would be a pleasure to read posts from people who report they received quality care without reporting how 'cheap the bill was'. There is an old saying. You get what you pay for.  The colegio de medicos also have a scale of tarifas.

      No, I am not jealous. In fact, I, and my staff of specialists, do not practice in the central valley. I am disgusted with practitioners who entice patients with such low fees and can't possibly use materials consistent with the excellent care offerred by many excellent dentists in Costa Rica. The colegio has hired detectives to search for those dentists not honoring the rules, to insure quality work.
    • Anthony Carneiro
      Re: The rules, regulations and laws of the Colegio Cirujano Dentistas de Costa Rica clearly state that all practitioners must charge the posted tarifas minima
      Message 2 of 4 , Feb 28, 2013
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        Re: "The rules, regulations and laws of the Colegio Cirujano Dentistas de Costa Rica clearly state that all practitioners must charge the posted tarifas minima listed. You may all view the laws and fees on the Colegio website. Look for Tarifas minimas. . . .."



        The Tarifas Mínimas Vigentes (Current Minimum Rates) are shown at:
        http://colegiodentistas.org/cms2/index.php/home-mainmenu-1/tarifas-minimas

        Three price levels are shown; 1. "Low Range, and (INS)"; 2. "High Range"; and 3. "Non-governmental Insured, and Foreigners"
        with the "Current Minimum Rate" for Foreigners typically decidely higher than the "Low Range" and even the "High Range". Are Foreigners charged at the "Low Range" level or at the "Foreigners" level?


        Inquiring minds want to know;
        Anthony C./Curridabat

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      • Sharon Wildey
        Am I reading this correctly?  There is actually a price fix that says foreigners can be charged more than locals for dental care. [Non-text portions of this
        Message 3 of 4 , Mar 1 3:09 AM
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          Am I reading this correctly?  There is actually a price fix that says foreigners can be charged more than locals for dental care.

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        • Peter Aborn
          Good question.  To my knowledge The tarifas listed are a minimum and maximum range that dentists are obligated to follow in providing services to people
          Message 4 of 4 , Mar 1 9:09 AM
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            Good question.  To my knowledge The tarifas listed are a minimum and maximum range that dentists are obligated to follow in providing services to people living in this country. It is my understanding that specialists have more flexibility on the maximum range, but everyone must follow the minimum range. The far column to the right are fees in dollars applied to visitors from outside of Costa Rica. 

            I will pass along your point to the colegio for clarification

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