Every Ontarian Will Access Dental Benefits Either Through Workplace Benefits Or Their Health Card
“Every three minutes in Ontario, someone visits a doctor’s office or emergency room to get care for a dental problem,” said Horwath. “No one in Ontario should have to live in pain, or deal with the lifelong damage of going without dental care. No one should have to rack up credit card bills just to get the dental care they need for themselves – or for their kids.” – Ontario NDP Leader Andrea Horwath
A ‘Special Announcement’ from Ontario’s New Democratic Party
Posted on March 20th, 2018 on Niagara At Large
TORONTO, Ontario – NDP Leader Andrea Horwath announced this March 19th that when she’s elected premier, she’ll implement Dental Care for Everyone – a plan that will ensure every person in Ontario has access to dental care without the cost.
Horwath says that under her dental care plan, everyone will have dental coverage – with working people and their families covered through their job, and all other Ontarians covered through public dental coverage.
“In Ontario, one in three working people don’t have a workplace benefits plan – including those working in the gig economy,” said Horwath. “And seniors and those on social assistance are left without coverage, too.
“That means millions of people are not covered for basic dental care. It means they have to live in pain, deal with the lifelong damage of going without dental care, or rack up credit card bills to see a dentist. It’s time to help people be healthier, and make life more affordable in Ontario.”
Horwath’s innovative structure will cover about 4.5 million people who don’t have dental benefits now. The program will be fully implemented by the end of her first term as premier.
The plan will publicly fund dental coverage for millions of people, including those on social assistance and seniors who don’t have retirement benefits.
For all employed people – including part-time workers, contractors, freelancers and people working in non-traditional settings – Ontario Benefits will create a minimum standard for dental plans that will apply to all employers.
Businesses can meet the standard by participating in the new publicly administered Ontario Benefits, or choosing a comparable workplace benefits plan.
The investment will be the largest in dental care in the province’s history at $1.2 billion.
“Mom and pop family businesses are going to have an even playing field when it comes to recruiting and retaining employees, and taking care of their staff,” said Horwath. “And artists and entrepreneurs will have the freedom to pursue their dreams, without worrying that their health or their family’s health could suffer from the lack of benefits.
“Together with our pharmacare plan – a drug plan that covers all Ontarians, regardless of age, income or job status – we’re going to deliver lower cost, less worry and better health for everyone.”
Horwath will soon reveal a full election platform, which will include details on her plan to take student debt away from graduates, her plan to have the wealthiest people and most profitable corporations pay their fair share, and other changes for the better.
“This plan is a prudent and well-designed approach to improve the health of Ontario’s population. The strength of this plan is that it maintains the current system of dental delivery in Ontario while addressing the significant gaps that many people currently experience. It ensures that a minimum standard of good oral health is achieved by all Ontarians. And good oral health is absolutely vital to improve and maintain good health for everyone.”
Dr. Peter Cooney, Assistant Professor, University of Toronto, Former Chief Dental Officer of Canada
Horwath will soon reveal a full election platform, which will include details on her plan to take student debt away from graduates, and details on her plan to have the wealthiest people and most profitable corporations pay their fair share.
A Final Note from Niagara At Large reporter and publisher Doug Draper –
During a conference call with Horwath this March 19th, the NDP leader said that if her party forms the next provincial government following this June’s election, it is her intention to roll out the “Dental Care for Everyone Plan” no later than 2020.
She said the plan, to cost an estimated $1.2 billion, will be implemented in consultation with businesses across the province and other private and public parties.
Horwath added that dental care plans similar to the one her party is promising are already in place in countries in Europe and there are state governments in the United States, including New York State, that are now looking into implementing some form of dental care plan that covers all citizens who need and cannot currently afford proper care.
To view NDP Leader Andrea Horwath discussing this proposed plan, click on –
.To read a related story from The Globe and Mail on dental care, click on – https://www.theglobeandmail.com/opinion/dental-care-is-a-right-not-a-luxury/article35776626/ .
To read another story on this issue, click on – http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/lorian-hardcastle/albertas-staggering-dental-costs-are-part-of-a-national-problem_a_23208022/ .
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