Children under the age of 12 could get dental coverage later this year if the proposal goes ahead. The new Liberal-NDP agreement is to create a national dental care program for low-income Canadian citizens. This could be the largest expansion of Canada’s public health care system in decades.
Jagmeet Singh, leader of the NDP said “It is a matter of dignity, … This will make a massive difference for health and for people’s quality of life.” Under the program, families with an annual income of less than $90,000 without dental insurance would be eligible for coverage.
Anyone making less than $70,000 annually also would not have to make co-pays, a flat rate fee that can be charged each time a person makes a claim. Dental fees would be fully covered by the government for any person or family with an income under $70,000. Around 6.5 million Canadians are estimated to be eligible for the plan.
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