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Provincial Downloading Threatens Local Kids’ Oral Health

January 3, 2020
by Windsor Star


Funding changes to a provincial children’s oral health care program could see fewer local kids smiling bright in the new year.

The Windsor-Essex County Health Unit is urging the Ford government to reconsider its decision to download 30 per cent of the funding for the Healthy Smiles Ontario Program to municipalities.

This year, the program covered over $1.5 million in costs for around 8,000 childhood dental appointments in Windsor and Essex County. But unless the health unit finds a way to make up for the announced provincial cuts to funding that had been earmarked for oral health, the number of kids treated would drop.

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