Device tax will cost patients, orthodontists say

01/30/2013 | DentistryIQ.com

A new 2.3% tax on sales of medical devices will eventually be passed on to consumers, including patients receiving dental and orthodontic care, according to some dentists and orthodontists. Moreover, a $2,500 cap on pre-tax savings for medical costs will hurt patients already struggling to afford care, they say. "The Affordable Care Act is ... making orthodontics less affordable rather than more affordable," said American Association of Orthodontists President John Buzzatto.

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