Wednesday, March 24, 2010

100 % Wrong

The B.C. government's cuts to a dental program for low-income children will mean funding only half the preventative care.


This is so outrageous, so egregious a move by such a heartless, shoot-itself-in-the-ass government that all you can do is laugh.

Cut dental care for poor children?

What is this - Dickens' London?

Then, to add insult to injury, when told that MLA's and civil servants get full dental coverage, Rich Coleman, Minister of Housing and Social Development, dismissed the comparison between Healthy Kids and the program for elected officials because MLAs contribute to their plan.

“That's co-pay, to start,” he said, while the government pays 100 per cent of the Healthy Kids plan.

In fact, B.C. MLAs don't pay for their dental plan, B.C.'s legislative comptroller Dan Arbic confirmed yesterday. “The dental plan for MLAs is the same as for public servants. It's 100-per-cent employer funded.”

Too bad, the good Minister doesn't know his own rules.

The government plan does fully cover twice-yearly dental checkups for the children of MLAs.

So the solution is simple.

For those children who have poor parents and rotting teeth, here's your plan.

Get your parents elected to government and then you can all have nice teeth!

See, everything is simple in Beautiful British Columbia!


Anonymous said...

I work in long term care with seniors.

Without looking a Resident's social history or medical history, I can often tell if they had money in their younger years (or from families with extra money) by looking in their mouth.

I am not a dental hygienist, dental assistant or dentist. I can still tell if someone has had access to dental care in some form) by the appearance of their teeth and mouth.

People with poor oral health have other health problems (including heart problems and lung problems) due to bacteria from the mouth affecting other body systems.

Good oral health will benefit these kids decades and decades from now and provide for a healthier adult and older adult population.

Anonymous said...

as a teenager I spent my high school years never smiling and avoiding social activities due to rotten teeth.
My father was too cheap to ever send me to a dentist.
It has affected my whole life.