Dentist says Ontario Needs to Contribute More to Healthy Smiles Program

Dentists absorbing almost half of service costs for poor kids under provincial program, says Sudbury dentist

A Sudbury dentist says Ontario needs to cough-up more for its Healthy Smiles dental program.

The provincial government enacted the program for low-income kids almost two years ago.

Dr. Roch St-Aubin told CBC News that while about a half a million kids in Ontario need the subsidized care, dentists have so far been eating much of the cost.

According to St-Aubin, the province pays dentists about 45 per cent of the actual cost of the service.

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