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Dr. J.L. Leake
Faculty of Dentistry
University of Toronto
#515C, 124 Edward St.
Toronto, Ontario

Ph. (416) 979-4908, X4491
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Working together to help develop recommendations to improve oral health care in Canada!

The Toronto Oral Health Coalition, George Brown College and University of Toronto held the first ever Symposium on Oral Health Policy May 13-15, 2004. This symposium was especially crucial and timely because:

  • dentistry was excluded from consideration in the Future of Health Care in Canada (Romanow) Report;
  • unlike most developed countries, Canada has no recent nation-wide survey of the oral health status of its citizens;
  • there is virtually no planning for future dental provider roles or requirements;
  • Canada has no national dental care program for children and expectant/new mothers similar programs are available even in many developing countries;
  • hospital-based dental clinics have been closed, having a severe impact on training and services;
  • public programs for seniors and children have been cancelled;
  • there are higher fees and, consequently, higher student debt for training in dentistry;
  • there are extreme limits on dental coverage for those on welfare, and almost nothing for the working poor and seniors;
  • Canada has income tax-free care for those with employer-paid dental insurance; and
  • most importantly, no-one has accepted the challenge of improving the situation
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