Seniors spend thousands on dental work, suffer in pain or wind up in ERs. Will Canada’s plan help? – CBC

National plan hailed as step in right direction to keep people out of crowded hospitals

Dec 14, 2023

Debilitating toothaches. Tens of thousands of dollars in out-of-pocket dental bills. Trips to the emergency room — and even stays in intensive care to treat life-threatening infections.

Those are among the impacts Canadian seniors face when they lack access to dental care, say patients, advocates and health-care workers across both the dental industry and hospital sector.

Canada’s new dental plan is now being hailed as a step in the right direction that could help to keep more Canadians healthier as they age and out of crowded hospitals — although experts are watching closely to see if it lives up to those early hopes.

Unveiled on Monday, the $13-billion insurance program called the Canadian Dental Care Plan will start covering most basic dentistry costs next year for uninsured Canadians with a household income under $90,000, totalling about nine million people.

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