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May 3, 2018

Lack of access to even urgent dental care for many people with low income, seniors and others is a problem that could be solved with a “public option” for dental insurance, according to a new report published by the C.D. Howe Institute. In “Filling the Cavities: Improving the Efficiency and Equity of Canada’s Dental Care System,” authors Åke Blomqvist and Frances Woolley argue that provincial governments should strengthen and expand existing public dental programs and start moving toward some form of universal dental insurance, perhaps through a mixed system where people can choose between a public plan and private coverage.

Åke Blomqvist
Åke Blomqvist

Health Policy Scholar, C.D. Howe Institute

Åke Blomqvist received his undergraduate education in his native Sweden, and a PhD from Princeton University in 1971. He is Professor Emeritus at the University of Western Ontario where he taught between 1968 and 2002.