The way the Canadian government has defined standards around healthcare delivery is excellent. However, dentistry regulation in Canada is one of the particular areas that are being ignored and significantly neglected;
Having used $800,000 of taxpayer money to setup an equivalency process implemented by the National Dental Examining Board of Canada (NDEB),that gives license for the internationally trained dentist to work in Canada does not offer internationally trained dentists with a fair and equal chance of practicing in Canada.It lacks the fairness, transparency, accountability and needs interrogation;
The NDEB limits the number of trials to 3 times per exam, the released exam questions as a study resource contain no answers or explanations unlike other boards;
The cost of taking the exams is rising significantly, in spite of that, financial institutions have refrained from giving loans due to the high failure rates; and
The system puts individuals and their families through very difficult times and emotional distress. This leaves many internationally trained dentists unable to live up to their potential. Instead, many end up unemployed, living on welfare and suffering from anxiety and depression.
We, the undersigned, citizens and residents in Canada, call upon the House of Commons to conduct a review of the laws surrounding self-regulation for dentists (ELIZABETH II CHAP.69 assented to 18th June,1952) of Parliament and conduct an investigation into the Equivalency Process for international trained dentist witch was introduced through the coordinated work of Canadian Dental Regulatory Authorities Federation (CDRAF), NDEB and the Federal Government in 2011.
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