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11 End-of-Day Discussion: Day 2
Pages 97-102

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From page 97...
... One characteristic of this vision is the community orientation of optimizing oral health by managing limited private and public resources to purchase a range of affordable, evidence-based, high-quality oral health services that focus on prevention from interdisciplinary teams in accessible community settings. This vision includes financing and payment incentives that prioritize education and prevention, at-risk populations, coordinated care, and disease management.
From page 98...
... Finally, the concept of a health system approach to oral health care is needed to improve the delivery of oral health services. In this approach, the patient is placed at the center of the care system and collaboration o ­ ccurs in a systemic fashion, instead of focusing on individual disease data.
From page 99...
... There is a real tension between dentistry as a business and dentistry as a healing profession, including issues of money, control, and respect. However, as opportunities for national health care reform become possible, the diversity of the oral health community will only help to ensure oral health care is included in those discussions.
From page 100...
... The following sections summarize the discussion session. Engaging Legislators A participant commented on the need to include oral health in the larger health care reform debates, stating that oral health represents only a very small percentage of health care costs and that legislative staff needs to be continuously educated.
From page 101...
... Oral Health Careers Another participant commented that many students see the different oral health professions as "stepping stones" to higher levels of responsibility and are accustomed to the idea of having more than one career in a lifetime. However, the participant also noted that this perspective demands consideration of workforce retention issues -- that is, what would make these professionals stay in oral health careers when they have opportunities to change direction.

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