Publicly-funded dental care coming for seniors

Publicly-funded dental care coming for seniors

From the office of MPP Toby Barrett

To The Haldimand Press

HALDIMAND—Senior citizens in Ontario deserve to be respected and live in dignity. Often obstacles and finances have prohibited some seniors from being able to receive the dental care they require. Ontario is protecting what matters most by providing low-income seniors access to quality dental care through a new publicly-funded dental care program that will begin in late summer 2019.

“My office has received calls for many years from local seniors who were frustrated they did not have access to dental care,” said Haldimand-Norfolk MPP Toby Barrett “They didn’t understand why some Ontario seniors could access dental care and they couldn’t. This funding corrects that inequity.”

Untreated oral health issues can lead to chronic diseases and a reduced quality of life, while also creating a reliance on emergency departments already under increased capacity pressures.

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