Why isn't dental in Canada free?

German master dental technician runs a laboratory in Canada

In 2015 we met at the dental technology master school in Berlin and successfully earned the master's title. It was only a matter of time for me to visit Beatrix in Whitehorse, Yukon. There she started her own business in 2016 after her return from Germany. My curiosity to learn how our craft works in Canada and at the same time to get to know this fascinating landscape had to be satisfied. This year in late summer the time had come (Fig. 1).

"Larger than life", as Yukon describes itself, ... I can only underline that. Everything in the far northwest of Canada is gigantic. Infinite expanse, wilderness, rivers that want to be paddled, mountains to scramble up to, all of this gives an idea of ​​how much space there is for everyone and everything. Less than 40,000 people live on a good 480,000 km², almost exactly the size of Germany, Austria and Switzerland combined.

  • Fig. 1: The steep 400 meters to the summit were worth it. Three master dental technicians from Germany are looking forward to the top of Caribou Mountain (Ontario / Canada): MDT Sandra Hahn, MDT Beatrix Goltz, MDT Amina Assem (from left). What a great view!
  • Fig. 2 and 3: In this feel-good ensemble in Whitehorse, Yukon, MDT Beatrix Goltz gives the patient a beautiful smile.

Various bike tours, spread over several years, had led my friend Beatrix Goltz around half the globe. On a 2014 tour, she cycled from Whitehorse to Fairbanks in Alaska and fell in love with the Yukon Territory. Whitehorse, the capital of Yukon, was, she found, the ideal place to set up her own laboratory (Fig. 2), and not just because of the breathtaking natural scenery. Until then, there was only a small laboratory in this city with a population of 26,700, which could cover the standards. Higher quality work such as fixed dentures had to be flown in from Vancouver, 2,500 km away. An absolute niche in the market! A German degree, including a master's degree, has a very high reputation in the industry in Canada. If you want to work as a dental technician in Canada, your German qualification has to be checked in the so-called evaluation center, and in most cases additional courses are required. Practical hours are to be completed in the laboratories, and there it is checked at which level the person is working; the handling is different in the Canadian provinces. But a work visa is always linked to the employer. Dental standards comparable to those in Germany can only be expected in a few laboratories in major Canadian cities. Telescope supplies, for example, are rather unknown. It is not for nothing that this technology is internationally called "German Crown". Implantology, on the other hand, is widespread.

Beatrix Goltz embarked on the adventure of independence. Canada offers much freer entrepreneurship compared to Germany. The prices are freely calculable as they are not linked to the health insurance companies. Decisions can be put into practice more quickly because the regulations are looser. One disadvantage, however, is the poorer service provided by the suppliers.

Logan Dental Solutions, the name of Beatrix Goltz's laboratory, has been working very successfully in the manufacture of fixed dentures in Whitehorse for over a year. The laboratory can already use support from Germany ...

The laboratory wants to expand. Interested young technicians with a love for dental technology and nature can contact us by email: info (at) logandentalsolutions.com