New Provincial Dental Care Program launches
Islanders can now apply for Prince Edward Island’s new Provincial Dental Care Program.
“Oral health is such an important component of our overall health, so I am pleased to see our government’s plans for the Provincial Dental Care Program become a reality. This program will allow Island seniors and low-income Islanders to receive expanded and enhanced dental care benefits by reducing the financial barriers.”
- Health and Wellness Minister Ernie Hudson
The program is designed to increase access to dental care for all low-income Islanders, including seniors and those receiving social assistance. The program covers annual and emergency dental examination, dental fillings (and limited root canal treatment), dental extractions, limited preventative services, and dentures. Treatments are available through private dental offices across PEI and Health PEI clinics located in Charlottetown and Summerside.
“It is important that all Islanders have access to dental preventative and treatment services on PEI,” said Andrew MacDougall, Executive Director of Community Health & Seniors Care. “This program will ensure that low-income Islanders and seniors receive the overall care they need without worrying about the financial burden of annual dental care fees.”
PEI residents and their dependents (including those residing in Long Term Care or Community Care facilities) are eligible for the program if they:
- Are in receipt of Social Assistance/Assured Income from the Department of Social Development and Housing OR meet the financial threshold; and,
- Have an active PEI Health Card.
"The Dental Association of PEI (DAPEI) looks forward to working with Health PEI as they launch the Provincial Dental Care Program (PDCP),” said Dr. Janice Stewart, President of the Dental Association of PEI. “Improving the scope and accessibility of dental care for Islanders is of utmost importance."
Islanders can apply for the Provincial Dental Care Program by completing and submitting an application form available at www.princeedwardisland.ca/DentalHealth
Applications must be printed and signed, and the original application submitted in person or by mail. Application forms are also being made available by calling 1 (866) 368-5460 toll free or by e-mailing email@example.com.
Senior Communications Officer, Health PEI