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Access to Dental Care

 

British Columbia

 

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Public Dental Programs for Children
Welfare Assistance Dental Benefits
Dental Services for Low-Income Families
Dental Services for Immigrants and Refugees

Other information

 

Where to find a dentist in British Columbia.

A directory of dentists in British Columbia is available from the website of the British Columbia Dental Association.

 

Public Dental Programs for Children

Once covered by the provincial health plan (MSP) all children up to 18 are eligible for a Healthy Kids dental plan, assuming the parents are low-income.  For information, see http://www.eia.gov.bc.ca/factsheets/2005/healthy_kids.htm .

 

Welfare Assistance Dental Benefits

Emergency care is available to some adults under the financial assistance dental program.  Some dentists will balance bill.  See http://www.eia.gov.bc.ca/PUBLICAT/VOL1/Part3/3-5.htm#63

 

Dental Services for low-income families

There are 29 reduced fee dental services in BC including services provided by students of various dental professions at their post secondary institutions. The clinics vary in services provided, eligible clients, and fee structures.  The majority of the services are in the Vancouver area.  In the southern Interior of BC, there are reduced fee clinics in Kelowna and Kamloops, in the Gospel Mission and New Life Mission, respectively.  There is an assessment clinic hosted at the First Nations Friendship Centre and aims to have a restorative clinic operating within the next 2 years.  Salmon Arm is currently planning for a low cost clinic, as well. There is also some limited availability of preventive services in Cranbrook through the certified dental assistant program at College of the Rockies.

Also, some communities have developed a 'Dental Access Fund', the purpose of which is to assist low-income adults in accessing and paying for dental services.

You can check with the Health Centre in your area to see what dental services or funds are available. Also, the Dental Association of British Columbia provides a list of reduced-fee dental clinics, which can be viewed at http://www.bcdental.org/Find_a_Dentist/ReducedCostClinics.aspx .

 

Dental Services for immigrants and refugees

During the settlement period, the refugee or immigrant might be eligible for the Interim Health Benefit Program.  There is an application process for this program, and if eligible the individual is issued an IHBP card that verifies the coverage.  The eligibility period is generally until the person has acquired provincial or territorial status, usually 3 months after applying.  Information on the services covered is available from http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/refugees/outside/summary-ifhp.asp

Application for the IHBP is available at http://www.cic.gc.ca/English/pdf/kits/forms/IMM5564E.PDF

After the initial settlement period, the families might qualify for the other provincial programs listed above.

Other information

University of British Columbia dental clinic information http://www.dentistry.ubc.ca/dental_clinic/faq.asp

Newcomers Guide to health services in Vancouver 

 

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