BROADCAST DATE : Mar 31, 1998

Dental fraud

Studies show we trust dentists more than almost any other professionals. But improvements in dental care have meant less work for dentists to do, even as the number of dentists is increasing. This has lead to growing concern about dental fraud, in which dentists might bill for work that is not necessary.

Marketplace examines the issue, and reveals the results of an undercover survey carried out over the last two months. A Marketplace journalist visited 50 dentists in seven Canadian cities asking each dentist what needed to be done with her teeth. The responses ranged from nothing to over $9,000 of dental work.