A Case Study of Five Community Dental Clinics in British Columbia

"There is a strong link between socio-economic status and health, and an abundance of evidence documenting the link between low-income and poor oral health in Canada. Those with the lowest incomes in Canada have the highest levels of oral disease yet face the most barriers to accessing dental care.There exists a socioeconomic gradient in the use of dental services with less affluent, uninsured Canadians much less likely to receive regular dental care than higher income individuals. The effect is referred to as an inverse law of care, with those most needing care being the least likely to receive it."

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