Dr. Brian Day also recommends making sure all Canadians have prescription coverage.
20% have to pay out of pocket. What good is it for a doctor to tell you you need antibiotics if your budget is too tight to afford them?
Back to the dental care - Infection in the mouth can easily spread to other areas of the body, costing much more in health coverage than some preventative screening would demand. I think this would be a very cost-effective measure.
However, according to the article, this type of suggestion often meets with resistance from the unions:
...In his first major address since taking over the CMA in August, Dr. Day also said the opposition to his most contentious ideas comes chiefly from unions and union-backed organizations, concerned mainly about safeguarding their members' jobs...
Well, the article seems to contain some opposing viewpoints on the union issue, but I still think this idea should be considered.
I know. It's not very conservative, and likely to stress our already fragile health care system, but looking at it long-term, I think it has potential. Healthy gums, healthy teeth, happy people make more productive workers.
And it's really a matter of equal access to public health care. Isn't that what everyone wants?