September 10, 2018 3:27 pm

$1M investment means expanded dental services for low-income Hamiltonians

An investment by Green Shield Canada, through the Hamilton Community Foundation, will increase access to the city's dental health bus.

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The City of Hamilton and the Hamilton Community Foundation are partnering to improve the dental health of low-income residents.

The healthy and safe communities committee has voted to spend $1 million from the foundation, through Green Shield Canada, to expand access to oral health programs over the next three years.

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The enhancements include increasing service on Hamilton’s Dental Health Bus for another 350 clients each year, enhancing denture coverage for eligible seniors and a funding a “Smile With Confidence” pilot program for Ontario Works clients.

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Hamilton Community Foundation president Terry Cooke stresses that the spending is a result of their own partnership with Green Shield, which awarded $1 million each to Hamilton and five other Canadian cities to mark the company’s 60th anniversary.

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In a presentation to committee members, public health staff estimated that 185,000 Hamiltonians have no dental insurance and that 10 per cent of the city’s Grade 2 students require urgent care.

They also indicated that 80 per cent of high-income earners have dental insurance, compared to just 24 per cent of low-income seniors.

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