For many Canadians, maintaining access to basic resources is already a challenging endeavour, with the median individual income in the country only coming in at roughly $27,000.00 CAD. Shameful as this may be, it’s easy to forget that there’s a lot more that goes into maintaining a healthy and prosperous lifestyle than simply putting food on the table. Among one of the many resources in Canada that people tend not to think about with regards to its accessibility is dental care.
The harsh truth of the matter is that simply brushing one’s teeth on a regular basis isn’t sufficient enough to maintain proper dental hygiene; there’s no denying that, for many Canadians, the importance of additional dental care is vital. Even ignoring blatantly obvious statistics, such as the fact that one in five Canadian senior citizens have no natural teeth, the importance of healthcare to the average Canadian citizen should not be understated. Now put this into consideration along with the fact that, per month, the average Canadian citizen may pay anywhere from $50 to $150 for dental care. Assuming you were working off an annual budget equivalent to that of the national median, how long do you believe you would be able to maintain the payment of these expenses, along with every other expense you would have to cover?
There is no substantial reason as to why we ought not to implement a universal dental care plan; if the per capita average charge for dental care in the nation is roughly $309 as recent data suggests, whereas nations such as France and the UK have their charges substantially lower even in spite of the difference in economic standing, the Canadian government would be more than capable of providing for its citizens on this basis, not to mention the fact that additional expenses such as advertising and insurance company CEO salaries would be averted entirely and reallocated into financially supporting dental experts to compensate for the change in structure. If nothing else, it is about time that we try to open up this essential service to the people who need it most, especially those who, considering what the median income of the country is in the first place, would likely be unable to afford the necessary insurance in the first place. If there is one thing that people in this country deserve the most, it ought to be access to what is, and always has been, a necessity.
The stats don’t lie folks; it’ll only become an inevitability that large scale reformation will be required to maintain consistent bare minimum access to essential resources like dental care in Canada. We need to introduce universal healthcare so all Canadians can take care of their dental hygiene. We must break the affordability barriers that stop people from getting the treatment they need.