NDP: Wynne Liberals failing Northern Ontario families who need dental care

QUEEN’S PARK— Algoma-Manitoulin NDP MPP Michael Mantha said that families across Northern Ontario are struggling to access the care they need in their communities, including urgent dental care.

“People in northern Ontario deserve access to health care in our own communities. We shouldn’t have to drive for hours on end to see a dentist,” said Mantha during question period on Tuesday.

“Workers shouldn’t have to live without the health benefits that their families need, and seniors and indigenous communities in the North living on fixed incomes and facing soaring costs of hydro shouldn’t have to go without the dental care they need because they can’t afford it.

“Just the other day, a senior in Elliot Lake was told it would cost her $5,000 to repair her teeth and gums but there is no help available,” said Mantha.

Over the weekend, NDP Leader Andrea Horwath announced a plan to make sure all Ontarians have access to dental care benefits, no matter where they live, their age, or their employment status. The plan includes investments to build and expand community dental clinics that provide service to vulnerable and low-income people, as well as rolling out mobile dental buses, which will service rural, remote, and Northern communities.

“Everyone in northern Ontario deserves better. We need more public dental clinics in our community health centres and aboriginal health access centres, and more mobile dental buses visiting our communities,” said Mantha.

“The NDP has a plan to do it. Why don’t the Liberals?”