New Law: Dental Credit Cards

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(Sacramento, CA)
Wednesday, December 30, 2009
More Californians are signing up for credit cards at their dentist’s office.
“It’s really a new practice to have a dentist almost acting as a loan broker.”
That’s Elizabeth Landsberg, a legislative advocate for the Western Center on Law and Poverty. Her center sponsored the new law that requires dentists to give patients a notice that they’re signing up for a credit card. And she says the law cracks down on illegal billing.
“Effectively people are being charged for services, and in some cases having interest charged for services that they never even got.”
Landsberg says several dozen low-income patients have filed complaints the about these credit lines. She says California is the first state to pass a law to regulate dental credit cards.