It’s Time to Expand Public Dental Care in Quebec, Health Clinic Says

A Point St. Charles community health clinic that played a key role in persuading the provincial government to end so-called medical accessory fees is now calling on Quebec to expand public dental care in the province.

The non-profit clinic, which serves 14,000 mostly low-income residents, is urging the government to expand as a first step dental coverage under medicare to Quebecers under the age of 18 as well as to senior citizens, and then gradually to the rest of the population.

At present, dental coverage under medicare is limited to children up to the age of 10 and to those on social assistance, and for curative purposes only. Thus, annual cleanings for children are not covered, and parents must either pay out of pocket or have the cost defrayed under private insurance.

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