Ontario Oral Health Alliance (OOHA)
The Ontario Oral Health Alliance (OOHA) got started in January 2007 by a group of community dental coalitions who wanted to show policy makers that improving access to dental care was a goal shared by many people across Ontario. OOHA is driven and informed by organizations and enaged individuals from around the province.
OOHA's vision is: a system that allows for equitable dental care for all Ontarians
The new Ontario Seniors Dental Care Program (OSDCP) is a government-funded dental care program that provides free, routine dental services for eligible seniors 65 years of age or older; who are an Ontario resident and have an annual income of $19,300 or less for a single senior or a combined annual net income of $32,300 or less for a couple; and have no access to any other form of dental benefits (i.e. Ontario Works, Ontario Disability Support Program or Non-insured Health Benefits). Seniors can apply online at ontario.ca/SeniorsDental, print, fill out and mail their application or seek assistance at their local health unit office or participating Community Health Centre.
Filling the Gap: Expanded Access to Dental Care in Ontario and Canada”
Niagara College, Welland Campus, Friday April 26, 2019
Review and share with your local coalitions this encouraging report called “Filling the Cavities: Improving the Efficiency and Equity of Canada’s Dental Care System” from the CD Howe Institute that focuses on how to improve equity in access to dental care in Canada!
Here is a quote from the report: “We believe provincial governments should take inspiration from other countries and start moving toward some form of universal dental insurance coverage; in doing so they should also consider ways in which the dental services sector could become more competitive and efficient. Policy initiatives along those lines could yield major payoffs, in terms of both equity and efficiency.”