Dental Prices Decision

MASON CITY, IA – A recent case brought up in the Iowa Supreme Court, is one that could impact your wallet when heading to the dentist.

On Friday those on the Supreme Court ruled that dentists will be able to set their own fees when it comes to their customers.

Patients will not receive their insurance discounts when they have to pay out-of-pocket because of coverage limits in their plan.

Dr. Jay Lala, a Dentist at Central Park Dentistry, is happy to see the prices left up to the dentists.

“The dental consumer will dictate the prices, if somebody is going to be to high they’re not going to get the business,” said Dr. Lala.

In 2011 the Iowa Insurance Commissioner ruled the practice is legal because it helps customers by negotiating lower prices on their behalf.

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