Dental Plan for Low Income SeniorsPublished on May 26, 2018
While two-thirds of Ontarians have dental insurance, for low-income seniors that number falls to approximately one-third. It is estimated that 2-3 million people have not seen a dentist in the past year, mainly due to cost.
Many seniors on fixed incomes cannot afford dental care. An inability to afford preventative dental care, results in many seniors turning to hospital emergency rooms for treatment. In fact, there were almost 61,000 visits to emergency departments for oral health problems in 2015 (or someone visiting the ER every 9 minutes because of dental pain), and the Association of Ontario Health Centres estimates it costs the province at least $31 million annually.
Kathleen Wynne has let low-income seniors suffer without dental care, putting further burdens on hospitals that are already pushed to the limit.
Doug Ford and the Ontario PCs will support our seniors by introducing dental care for low-income seniors. The low-income threshold for the Ontario Drug Benefit will be used. Therefore, a single senior with an income of $19,300 or less will qualify, or a couple with a combined income of $32,300 or less will qualify.