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NDP proposes to offer dental coverage for all Canadians

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It's not difficult to give dental coverage to every citizen.  Just make the fee schedule extremely low.

That's how the Ontario government operates with its publicly funded dental programs.

Making it sustainable and equitable is the challenge.

  

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There is no way there would be coverage for every Canadian at current fee guide levels. It would either be severely restricted with respect to what is and isn't covered or at a incredibly low fee or more likely both (just as it is for most social assistance programs). It would also incentivize employers to ditch private insurance. To be frank, if they somehow rolled it out it would literally dismantle Canadian dental coverage as we know it. Dentist earnings would collapse without proper lobbying. Either that or over-treatment begins to run rampant.

It's not 'neat' for us at all.

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You think this is good? All government programs have fees lower than the provincial fee guide. Some government programs (in Ontario) have fees where you get less than $40 for an extraction. The Assistant is $20/hr and the receptionist is $20/hr. So if you take 1hr to extract a tooth then you did it for free.

Whats more worrying is that companies or employees may elect to waive dental insurance plans from their contracts thinking “meh we have government insurance”

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7 hours ago, Chaxon said:

And this is why the NDP have never formed government at the federal level. Free handouts sound good but how do you pay for them? Raise taxes, cut programs, etc. And what happens to those dentists who've paid 300k+ for the education and now can only bill a certain amount based on the governments fee guide. It's a recipe for disaster..avoid NDP/Greens at all cost.

 

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7 hours ago, Chaxon said:

I’m not even in dental school yet lol. I just thought it would be good since a lot of people don’t even go to the dentist in the first place.

Haha if you get into UofT you'll hear a bit about it in the first year public health course.

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1 hour ago, Prolene said:

The dentist I'm shadowing brought this up and said it's not possible with the current fees for procedures. He said the only way it's possible in the long run was if we everyone lowered their fees.

IMO, that won't happen, unless overhead, taxes and other expenses start dropping. But the way things are going, labour costs are going up, taxes are going up, etc. Doubt any dentist would lower their fees across the board and even if someone did, you open the possibility of over treatment to keep the clinic running.

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