I had to break down over the past few weeks and become intimately engaged with my new neighbourhood dentist. A recent blowout of a retainer resulted in utter oral demise.Wow. Dentist offices have come a LONG way in 4 years. They’ve come a VERY VERY long way in 20 years. No paper. Nothing in filing cabinets. In Fact, no wall of filing cabinets…. No longer are you just lucky to have a poster of a grinning cat over your dental chair to keep the boredom (or tears) away. No sir.
The privatization of the dental industry in Ontario (at least) has led to the rapid adoption of technology and competitive landscape you see today. My dentist is awesome.
Sure, there’s a flat panel TV on the ceiling over the chair, but the biggest piece of interest is that there is also a monitor right ON the chair, and I can watch digital x-rays of my teeth as they develop. X-rays now take about 12 seconds, and they are immediately scanned into the software so we can all look and discuss the good, the bad and the tartar. The dentist can map every troublespot, every nook and every cranny. And it’s all digital. All save-able. I bet I could have even asked her to email me a copy of the x-rays. I’m going to ask her that next week. Now think about your doctor’s office. The paper. The filing cabinets. The disarray. Sure, specialists like dermatologists, plastic surgeons and the like have advanced a little more than your GP, but the vast majority of doctor’s offices are still relegated to the 1070’s in terms of technology for patient care. Go figure. No competition, no privatization, no need to treat the Ontario medical organization like a business. Sure, you sign a great paper release on Privacy, and then poof - the whole thing goes into a black hole. I’ve left a smattering of health care history across the province. How private is that? :-(In case you are looking for a dentist in the Richmond Hill area, here’s the link to my dentist!Estate Dentistry ;-)
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