Major public policy issues in dentistry: Why do they matter to you? – Friday, January 15, 2021
Category 1 – 5 CE Points
Presenter: Dr. Carlos QuiñonezCarlos Quiñonez is a dental public health specialist, associate professor and program director at the Faculty of Dentistry, University of Toronto (U of T). He graduated with his DMD from the Faculty of Dentistry at the University of Manitoba (U of M) in 1998, and then completed his MSc at the U of M’s Faculty of Medicine in 2004. He then completed a PhD and dental public health specialty at the U of T in 2009. Carlos’ research centres on the politics and economics of dentistry, with a specific focus on health and social equity. He is the author of over 200 peer-reviewed articles, book chapters, and government reports, and regularly consults with government and non-governmental agencies on issues of dental care policy. He is the Editor of Ontario Dentist, the Ontario Dental Association’s professional journal, past-Chair of the Canadian Dental Association’s Committee on Clinical and Scientific Affairs, and past-President of the Canadian Association of Public Health Dentistry.
1. The place of dentistry within Canada’s health care system;
2. Demographic changes, oral disease, and access to dental care;
3. Changes in insurance, provider supply, and competition in the dental care market;
4. The corporatization and commercialization of dentistry;
5. Ethical decision-making in dentistry.
The session begins with an historical perspective on the development of Canada’s health and dental care systems, and moves to discussing the various public policy issues outlined above. Each topic is separate, but build on each other into the overarching aim of demonstrating their relevance to clinical practice and organized dentistry. All presentations are grounded in rich media and quantitative and qualitative data. Debate and discussion are encouraged throughout the session.
1. To introduce participants to the varied topics that are important to dentistry in terms of public policy.
2. To understand the major historical, social, political, and economic dimensions of Canada’s dental care system.
3. To reflect on policy issues and their relevance to clinical practice and organized dentistry.