The Politics of Dental Care in Canada
The Politics of Dental Care in Canada seeks to answer a long standing policy question in Canadian health care: Why is dental care excluded from Canada’s national system of health insurance, Medicare? The text presents a history of dentistry in Canada from the late 19th century onward, outlining how dentistry traversed a developing Canadian welfare state. Dr. Quiñonez explores factors that led to dentistry’s separation from larger movements in health care policy, including moral questions on individual versus social responsibility over health, scientific advances in the field, and prevailing economic uncertainty.
Opening with a series introduction by Dr. Dennis Raphael, this vital text offers an extensive overview on how the politics of dental care contributes to inequalities and inequities in oral health. From discussing scientific and public health advances in dentistry to looking at the general nature of oral health care in Canada from an international perspective, this text serves as an important addition to the field of health policy and a foundational resource for courses in dentistry, health studies, and comparative health policy.
- comprehensively discusses the current state of Canadian dental care policy, the history and factors that led to the policy, and the resulting outcomes and inequalities
- presents the latest available information on the epidemiology of oral diseases and conditions; the connection between oral health and systemic health; and the organization, financing, and delivery of oral health care in Canada and internationally
“Finally, an insightful book
documenting Canada’s complex
dental health care system.
Thoroughly researched and
referenced, this book is sure
to become a primary resource
for those leading, practising,
or studying oral health care
—Dr. Doug Brothwell, Dean and Professor in the College of Dentistry, University Saskatchewan
“Carlos Quiñonez has written a remarkable piece of scholarship, combining an excellent review of the history and context of dentistry in Canada over the past 100 years with a clear and profound reflection on the way forward … This is a very timely contribution to the debate on the place of government and public and private provisions of health and dental care in Canada.”
—Dr. Paul Allison, Professor, Faculty of Dentistry, McGill University
“This book is the definitive record on how dentistry is addressed in health care policy in Canada and the very real consequences of our policy choices. … It also provides a very useful framework for assessing the role of dentistry within broader health policy that can be applied internationally.”
—Dr. Marko Vujicic, Chief Economist & Vice President, Health Policy Institute, American Dental Association
“Oral health is an important but often neglected topic. This excellent book presents a scathing political analysis of oral health and dental care in Canada. … Radical change is needed, and this book provides valuable insights for the way ahead.”