[PSRList] Dental care for privately-sponsored Syrians

Tom Closson tclosson at sympatico.ca
Thu Mar 10 17:59:28 EST 2016

You can get help re access from Public Health in your area. You can also contact the Ontario Dental Association as I understand that they are setting up a central support functionDate: Thu, 10 Mar 2016 17:39:35 -0500
From: mwcarruthers at gmail.com
To: PSR at list.rstp.ca
Subject: [PSRList] Dental care for privately-sponsored Syrians

Hi, just wondering if anyone can clarify exactly what dental services are covered under IFHP for Syrian refugees (now permanent residents, since arriving about six weeks ago).  I checked their IFHP confirmation documents but there is no specific mention of dental services.  However, in the link below it says that 'emergency dental exams, dental X-rays and extractions' are covered (dated Dec 2015).  I assume this applies to both children and adults?  Our sponsored family has not seen a dentist for several years, and we would like them all to have check-ups.  However, only one of the children has been reporting any problems with her teeth.  Would she be the only who might be considered an 'emergency' and all the others would have to pay for routine check-ups?  I spoke to someone at Medavie-Blue Cross but they could not answer that question.  Instead they referred me to a long list of dentists here in London who accept IFHP patients (but are not necessarily taking new patients right now).  Should I start calling individual dentists on the list, or would I be better off calling Western University which apparently has dental students who provide low-cost treatments?  Thanks for any advice. 

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