Cost of a Dental Care Plan for Canadians

Published: June 16, 2022
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Abstract

Implementing a dental care plan for Canadians. The plan is expected to cover the costs of routine care, fluoride treatments, radiographs, sealants and other combinations of caries treatments, dentures, and periodontics. Households with an income below $90,000 may benefit from the plan. A phase-in period lasting from 2022 to 2025 will gradually expand coverage to those eligible. Households with an income below $70,000 per year will bear no cost. Co-payments scale linearly for households with income between $70,000 and $90,000. The thresholds are indexed to inflation.

The PBO estimates that this program will cost $9,036 million over a 5 fiscal year period and benefit 1,425 thousand people over 2022-2023, increasing to 5,894 thousand by 2026-2027.