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Why High Cost Of Dental Treatment Is Preventing Canadians To Reach Out For Dentists?

Tue, Nov 18, 2014
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One of the important decisions that people need to make, whether for themselves or for their children, is the choice of a particular dentist and dental clinic. This is an important decision, because the state of your dental health has a profound impact on your quality of life.
One of the important decisions that people need to make, whether for themselves or for their children, is the choice of a particular dentist and dental clinic. This is an important decision, because the state of your dental health has a profound impact on your quality of life. If you have tooth decay which leads to constant and nagging pain, this is going to affect your ability to carry out your work. If your child has problems with cavities or gum disease, this could affect his or her ability to eat vegetables and fruits, and this could then result in insufficient nutrition. So dental health has to be one of your priorities.
 
However, choosing a dentist is not easy. Depending on where you live or work, there may be a number of alternatives to choose from, and the question is which of the options would be best for you. There are a lot of factors which go into this particular decision, all of which need to be considered carefully. However, a report that was published by the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences makes very clear that one factor which has a disproportionate effect on many Canadians is cost.
 
For millions of Canadians, the act of choosing a dentist is effectively prevented by the fact that the cost of dental care is out of reach for them. Now, this may be surprising to many, because of the fact that Canada has a universal health care system in place. However, even with the Canada Health Act, millions of Canadians are still not able to afford dental care because the Act excludes dental health from its coverage.
 
This is a problem for many patients. If you fall and hurt your leg, you can visit a doctor and get the appropriate treatment, without having to pay for the cost of medical care. Thanks to this situation, there's no need for you to hesitate and figure out how to pay for treatment. However, if you are having pain in your mouth because of problems with your teeth or gums, then you need to prepare for how to pay for the treatment. Because of this situation, there are many people who put off going to the dentist, or try not to go at all.
 
If you are going to visit the dentist, payment will tend to come from one of two options. You could depend on private dental insurance to cover the cost of your dental care and procedures done. However, this will only be an option for you if you are fortunate enough to have access to this type of insurance. Many Canadians don't. In fact, the report found that people who belong to marginalized and vulnerable groups have a high likelihood of not having this type of dental insurance.
 
Now, this is a large problem because these vulnerable and marginalized groups include the elderly, young people, people with disabilities, people already dealing with poverty, people who have immigrated to Canada in the recent past, and First Nations. So we're looking at millions of people who are disproportionately affected by lack of access to dental care.
 
It is in the interest of Canadians to find a way to include dental health within the coverage of the universal health care system. This would truly make the system more universal. Otherwise, you will have to depend on either private insurance as mentioned above, or you will have to take care of the bill yourself, out of pocket. Neither of these options are ideal, and fall far short of the promise of the Canada Health Act.
 
So if you are looking for a dentist, you will need to take these cost factors into account as well. When you are asking for recommendations from friends and family members, be sure to ask them for figures or estimates of the costs they incurred. If they had a particular procedure that you also need, try to find out how much the overall cost of the procedure was, including the need for any repeat visits, follow up check ups and the like. If you can find this out, you're in a better position to determine the affordability of that particular dentist's services.
 
If the costs that a particular dentist charges are within your budget, then you can consider that medical practitioner to be a viable alternative. However, if you find that the estimated costs are above your existing budget, you will either have to look for dentists who offer lower fees, or you will have to try to find a way to cover the gap yourself. This may involve you having to get private insurance, depending on the circumstances.
 
If you do not have recommendations from people close to you, you can check the websites of the dental clinics located within your area. Some clinics will post their actual fees on their sites, while others might offer estimates or ranges. However, if a website does not have this information, you will have to get in touch with the clinic directly for more details. These websites usually include some sort of contact form or contact information, which will allow you to email or send your inquiry.
 
Location of the clinic is important. Be sure to include your travel costs in any computation of overall affordability. Even if a dentist offers lower rates, this may be offset by the fact that you'll have to spend on fuel or transportation costs, just to get there and back. Also be sure to take the travel time into account. Any time you spend traveling to and from the clinic represents time that you could have otherwise spent, trying to add to your income. This opportunity cost may be significant, so be sure to consider it during your decision making process.
 
Now, of course, cost is only part of the equation. The other factors to consider in choosing a dentist include the rapport that you have with the dentist, the ease of communication and explanation, the quality of the dental equipment, the cleanliness of the office, the customer service qualities of the staff, and more. So be sure to consider all these and other relevant factors, while you're doing your due diligence.
 


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