As we have discussed, using the banner of access to care, outside foundations and other groups are aligning with state based coalitions to put pressure on legislators to address the issue (in their words, ‘solve the access to care problem’) of access to oral health care via the establishment of training programs for ‘mid-level’ providers- in this instance ‘training up’ dental hygienists to fill these positions. If history is any indication of what happens, you might look at Canada where this model has been in place for a number of years. The last several years has seen a ‘migration’ of these mid-levels to the more urban areas because of life style and/or economic issues. I wonder if we will see these folks stay in these rural/remote areas or will we see a migration also? Much to think about!
Dental therapists aim to fill in oral health shortfalls - USA Today