Professionals Terms of Participation
Afford Dental Inc. is a Federal corporation with its seat in Toronto Ontario (hereafter “Afford Dental”). Its primary mission is to help low income or financially distressed individuals who cannot afford health care services at standard rates. It aims to achieve this mission through the Afford Dental Program (hereafter “The Afford Dental Program”, or simply “the Program”). The Afford Dental Program provides a framework for Canadian dentists and related dental care professionals (“Service Providers”) to offer their services to qualifying clients (“Clients”) at reduced rates. The Program includes an on-line directory (the “Directory”) intended to connect participating Service Providers with members of the public. The Program’s scope is limited to establishing the conditions for reducing the fee component of the Service Provider-Client relationship. All other components of the Service Provider-Client relationship shall fall outside of the scope of the Program.
Dentists wishing to join the Afford Dental Program should do so with the primary intention of service to the public, and of assisting persons of limited financial means to gain better access to dental care. Reduced fees is one concrete manifestation of this commitment, but must be viewed as a part of a general attitude and ethic of service on the part of the Service Provider.
Reduction of Standard Rates
Service Providers wishing to participate in the Program (hereafter "I", "Me" or "My") understand that fees charged to qualifying clients are based on the use of the Ministry of Community and Social Services’ Schedule of Dental Services and Fees, normally applicable to ODSP patients. For dental procedures not covered by this Fee Schedule, I shall provide a discount of 25 - 50% on My standard rates for such dental procedures, and show the same consideration to qualifying Afford Dental patients that I show to ODSP patients. I understand that My participation in the Afford Dental Program, and services provided to any referral from Afford Dental on a reduced fee basis, is subject to My time constraints and professional discretion.
I understand that it is My responsibility to determine whether an applicant qualifies for the Afford Dental Program and, for this purpose, I or a member of My staff may request copies of the applicant’s financial or tax records.
If I learn that an applicant deliberately or inadvertently misstated their net income or financial assets, I may seek to terminate My services to the client, subject to My professional ethical obligations.
By registering with the Afford Dental Program, I declare that I am currently licensed to practice within the area of My jurisdiction by My professional governing body(s), and that I am not currently the subject of any professional disciplinary action. Moreover I declare that I will undertake to notify Afford Dental if I become disqualified to practice for any reason and that I will cease to provide any services under the Program in the event of My professional disqualification or any disciplinary actions. I understand that I must maintain professional liability protection for My practice.
I agree that Afford Dental may, in its sole discretion, suspend or delete My profile from the Directory at any time without reason, notice, cost or liability. I understand that I may terminate My participation in the Afford Dental Program and remove My listing from the Afford Dental Website at any time.
I agree to indemnify, defend and hold Afford Dental, its officers, directors, employees, agents, licensors and suppliers harmless from and against all claims, losses, expenses, damages and costs, including reasonable legal fees, resulting from any violation of this Agreement by Me.
Remedies for Violations
Afford Dental reserves the right to seek all remedies available at law and in equity for any violation of this agreement.
I agree that Afford Dental may change the terms of this Agreement and My participation in the Program from time to time without notice, and that it shall be My responsibility to periodically review these terms for any changes. I understand and agree that My continued participation in the Afford Dental Program will constitute My consent to such amendments.
Version date: June 15, 2021