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  •  From Wikipedia: (0+ / 0-)
    Depending on the province, dental and vision care may not be covered but are often insured by employers through private companies. In some provinces, private supplemental plans are available for those who desire private rooms if they are hospitalized. Cosmetic surgery and some forms of elective surgery are not considered essential care and are generally not covered.
    Comparing government-funded healthcare to private insurance is misleading I think (no insult of any kind intended).

    Many around here used to go to Canada for dentures.  I suppose they still do but don't know.  The costs were much lower I assumed because of the reduction in paperwork.

    I am a little surprised dental work is often not covered.

    Thank you.

    Best,  Terry

    •  It seems to me that a guaranteed rate of pay-out (2+ / 0-)
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      is URGENTLY needed for basic care, but to make it also apply to other types of policies would be the frosting on the cake.  

      "The extinction of the human race will come from its inability to EMOTIONALLY comprehend the exponential function." -- Edward Teller

      by lgmcp on Mon Jul 02, 2012 at 02:26:12 PM PDT

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      •  Dr. Pain We Called One Dentist (1+ / 0-)
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        His price was cheaper but normal mortals would not be able to endure the pain for shoddy work.

        Even an endodontist (you know, root canal specialist) who gave lectures around the country on his specialty was a horror.  For root canals, yet.

        In an isolated region where I grew up there were two dentists in the nearest town.

        One you had to make an appointment many months in advance.  The other dentist was always available.  When you had a sudden, pounding toothache, Dr. Lyons was your man.

        Dad had only the one tooth in his head and Dr. Lyons did all he could to pull it.  My mother said Dr. Lyons had both feet on the the dental chair at one point but couldn't quite do it.  It was some 20 years later a tiny blackened stub was finally surgically removed in a hospital under knockout drops.

        Dr. Lyons complained  bitterly to my mother that he mostly only got Indians because the government paid.

        Ever since I have had an absolute awe for the courage and endurance of Indians that is a match only for that of women.  I now know the stoic acceptance of pain by Indians is  no myth.

        Maybe, just maybe, it might be somewhat difficult to set a standard price for, say, pulling a tooth.

        Best,  Terry

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