We’ve shown to you in the past weeks the importance of dental care for our children, and the lack of funding that is provided here in Canada. I wanted to consider the difference in care between countries, what are they doing and does it work?
Through research I found that the UK has a government funded program set up for not only children but for the general public. On the National Health Services, NHS, website for the UK it is stated that:
“You do not have to pay for NHS dental treatment if, when your treatment starts, you are:·
under 19 and in full-time education·
pregnant or you’ve had a baby within the 12 months before treatment starts·
staying in an NHS hospital and the hospital dentist carries out your treatment·
n NHS Hospital Dental Service outpatient (although you may have to pay for your dentures or bridges)”
This is a small portion of qualifications for free care in the UK, but it is clearly stated that children are covered in the Nation Health Services provided by the country.
While looking into the National Health Services of the UK, it’s stated that the program is completely funded by taxation. “When the NHS was launched in 1948, it had a budget of £437 million (roughly £9 billion at today’s value). For 2015/16, it was around £115.4 billion”, this budget does not only include dental care, but other medical needs of the population including eye care.
This program has also provided 1.6 million jobs nationwide that include, “40,236 general practitioners (GPs), 351,446 nurses, 18,576 ambulance staff, and 111,963 hospital and community health service (HCHS) medical and dental staff.” So not only has the Nation Health Services been able to provide adequate services to the population, but has also been proficient in creating more job opportunities for its people.
In 2014 the Commonwealth Fund had found that the Nation Health Care system had out ranked 10 other countries health care systems including, Canada. It stated that, “The NHS was rated as the best system in terms of efficiency, effective care, safe care, co-ordinated care, patient-centred care and cost-related problems. It was also ranked second for equity.”
Clearly this program has been effective for many years in providing efficient and adequate care for the population. If this program can be successful in the UK, why have we not adopted it into our general health care system here in Canada?
NHS Choice. (07/01/2015). The NHS in England. About the National Health Services. Retrieved from: http://www.nhs.uk/NHSEngland/thenhs/about/Pages/overview.aspx
NHS Choice. (07/01/2015). Who is entitled to free NHS dental treatment in England? Retrieved from: http://www.nhs.uk/chq/Pages/1786.aspx?CategoryID=74