The government of Canada has revealed details for the upcoming roll-out of the Canadian Dental Care Plan (CDCP). Once fully implemented, the CDCP will help ease financial barriers to accessing oral health care for up to nine million uninsured Canadian residents with an annual family income of less than $90,000, according to the press release.
A wide range of oral health care services will be covered under the CDCP to prevent and treat oral health disease. Examples include preventive care such as scaling (cleaning), polishing, as well as other services such as exams, x-rays, fillings, removable dentures, and root canal treatments. The CDCP will also be reviewed regularly based on data and evidence to ensure it meets the needs of Canadians.
To limit the out-of-pocket expenses for those covered under the CDCP, oral health providers who enrol as service providers in the CDCP and provide oral health care services will bill the CDCP directly for reimbursement rather than having patients seek reimbursement from Sun Life, according to the government.