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Dental Care In Canada, Problems And Challenges

prescription medicationsNowadays, the most topical issues of dental care and general health care in Canada attract a lot of attention of local journalists, writers and bloggers. Canada is a country known for its very advanced health care system that does not include dental care services in overwhelming majority of health insurance plans. In addition, dental services in Canada are quite expensive, therefore, a lot of people just can not afford full treatments, this way putting their general health to an increasing danger. The Ontario Ministry of Health is currently trying to provide children aged 13 and younger with a range of free dental services (including emergency services), allowing children have healthy teeth and gums.

In addition, as the findings of a latest study suggest, a great deal of modern Canadians also can not afford their usual prescription medications. A group of scientists from the University of British Columbia and the University of Toronto analyzed the data on 5,700 citizens of Canada, and it turned out that 9.6 per cent of the respondents said that could not afford buying their prescription medicines. A call to save money and too high prices for the medications were named as the main reasons for this phenomena. The report about this research was recently published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal.

Many specialists were highly disappointed with the findings of this research. Dr. Michael Law, a scientist of the Centre for Health Services and Policy Research at the University of British Columbia, said: “We claim to have a universal system and we have that for hospitals and physicians. But in Canada, we can’t claim to have a universal health care system if one in 10 are reporting they can’t afford their prescription drugs.” He said that a great deal of drugstores and a known pharmacy in Canada are making efforts on lowering the prices for the most common and the most important groups of prescription medications, including special dental kits, dental flosses, and other dental care products.

In addition to that, the government initiated a program on providing free prescription medications for serious life-threatening conditions like heart attack and others. It was found out that this program helped to actually save costs because those patients who took free prescription medications were hospitalized less frequently. “The evidence shows that providing prescription drugs for free in many situations is not only the right thing to do, but it also makes economic sense,” Dr. Danielle Martin, a chief of Canadian Doctors for Medicare said.

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