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PPE Costs Puts Free Dental Program for Kids at Risk

July 14, 2020
by City News

Concern is growing over some dentists in Ontario no longer accepting patients who use a government funded free dental program for kids.

Additional costs of personal protective equipment (PPE) has led to some dentists spending more to treat patients. This in turn is making it difficult for them to afford to treat patients under the Healthy Smiles Ontario (HSO) program — where kids under 17 years of age in low income families get dental services at no cost.

In a Facebook post, a dentist reportedly told the parents of a four-year-old that they are no longer accepting payments under the program.

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