Miller Provides Details On New Senior Dental Program
Parry Sound-Muskoka MPP Norm Miller announced more details about the dental care for low income seniors announced in the Ontario Budget.
Ontarians aged 65 and over with an income of $19,300 or less or couples with a combined annual income of $32,300 or less, who do not have dental benefits, will qualify for the Ontario Seniors Dental Care Program. The services will be accessed through public health units, community health centres and Aboriginal Health Access Centres across the province.
Miller said “Parry Sound-Muskoka has a large senior population, many of whom live on a low income. This program will help them stay healthy and confident.”
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 pressures. In 2015, there were almost 61,000 hospital emergency visits for dental problems, at a cost to Ontario’s health care system of approximately $31 million.