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National Dental Care Program for Uninsured Canadians Would Cost $1.5-Billion a Year, PBO Says

October 8, 2020
by The Globe and Mail

Implementing the NDP’s call for a national dental care program would cost taxpayers about $1.5-billion a year, according to a new report by the Parliamentary Budget Officer.

The proposal was a key demand of the NDP shortly after the Liberals were re-elected with a minority government last October. The government said in the December, 2019, Throne Speech that it was open to proposals from all parliamentarians and that “ideas like universal dental care are worth exploring.”

Yet priorities shifted this year with the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, and the government’s latest Throne Speech, delivered in September, did not include any mention of dental care.

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