Niagara Senior Denied Urgently Needed Dental Care Under Ontario’s Wynne Government – the NDP’s Welland Riding MPP Cindy Forster

 “No senior should have to live in pain because they can’t afford dental care. Nor should they live with worries about cracking a tooth, knowing they can’t afford to fix it.”

A Media Release from the Ontario New Democratic Party and Welland Riding (Niagara Centre) MPP Cindy Forster

Posted March 21st, 2018 on Niagara At Large

Welland Riding MPP Cindy Forster in Ontario legislature. File photo

Queen’s Park, Toronto  – During question period this past Tuesday, March 20th, Cindy Forster, NDP MPP for Welland, called on the Wynne government to make sure low-income seniors have access to necessary dental care after being contacted by a 68-year-old low-income constituent who lost over 30 pounds because she can’t access the oral care she needs. 

 “Lisa is a low income senior in my riding. Over the last year, Lisa has lost over 30 pounds because she can’t be treated for TMJ –  severe arthritis of the jaw. Her jaw locks, gets stuck and the pain is so overwhelming she’s unable to eat. Worse, when she went to her doctor last fall, she was told the oral service needed to fix it isn’t covered by OHIP,” Forster said.

MPP Forster explained that cases like Lisa’s are widespread. Two out of three seniors in Ontario live without dental coverage. Those on low incomes are most vulnerable and continue to be let down by Kathleen Wynne and her government.

 “People like Lisa shouldn’t be forced to choose between getting the dental care they need or paying for hydro, rent and food,” said Forster.

This past weekend, Ontario New Democrats announced a comprehensive dental care plan that 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 – Horwath’s plan will create a minimum standard for dental plans that will apply to all employers. Businesses will be able to meet the standard by participating in the new publicly administered Ontario Benefits, or choosing a comparable workplace benefits plan.

The NDP plan will mean 4.5 million Ontarians that have no coverage now will have dental benefits.

 “No senior should have to live in pain because they can’t afford dental care. Nor should they live with worries about cracking a tooth, knowing they can’t afford to fix it.”

 “Why, after 15 years in office, has this Liberal government left the vast majority of seniors without dental care?” asked Forster.

To listen to or view Welland MPP Cindy Forster raising this issue in the Ontario legislature, click on one of the following –  

Audio:  https://www.dropbox.com/s/qafsx9so957l3jv/Q4_Forster_03-20-18.mp3?dl=0

Video: https://www.dropbox.com/s/d3vsig40ha25eql/Q4_Forster_03-20-18.mp4?dl=0

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2 responses to “Niagara Senior Denied Urgently Needed Dental Care Under Ontario’s Wynne Government – the NDP’s Welland Riding MPP Cindy Forster

  1. I do not contest what the NDP is proposing, particularly if it is paid for by closing legal tax shelter loopholes for the rich, but I do want to pose this question: “Why isn’t anyone questioning the ridiculously high cost of dental services?” Sure, their equipment costs a lot of money and yes, the cost of university tuition is high, but how many times do they have to recover those costs? Why should the work they do cost so much especially given that a great deal of it can be performed by trained chimps, meaning, it is not rocket science. Further, there are no checks and balances where billing is concerned. There are no gatekeepers. “Fee guides” are announced annually, are increased annually and they are merely guidelines. A dentist can charge whatever (s)he wants just as long as there is consistency with their billing. And lastly, when you are told you need this, that or the other procedure performed, DO YOU?? Does anyone ever get a second, unbiased opinion? Being a dentist is a license to print money. They have to be rubbing their hands together in wait of government-paid billing!!! Talk about winning the jackpot!!!

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  2. The mouth is an organ of the body and teeth are a part of it.. You can not separate oral heath from the rest of the body. A mouth with broken, abscessed teeth and diseased gums affects the health of the whole body.
    It is barbaric and inhumane that people who cannot afford dental care are allowed to suffer, and suffer they most certainly do! Why is dental health excluded from our health care system in the first place? We really live in a two tier system. The “haves” and the “have nots”.So very many of the “have nots” can’t advocate for themselves.They need a voice and they need the necessary medical treatment now. How long must this disgrace continue? Dental care is a necessity not a luxury!

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