[PSRList] Dental care for privately-sponsored Syrians

Sara S. sara.shahsiah at gmail.com
Thu Mar 10 18:46:01 EST 2016


Hi Marc,

Check out this compilation of dental resources for resettled refugees at
the RSTP website:
http://www.rstp.ca/en/sponsorship-responsibilities/health/ontario/

Children are covered (not through IFH) but through other
provincial/municipal programs. It's a bit trickier with adults, but you can
find some resources in the link above.

IFH dental coverage is for emergency treatments. The refugee my group
sponsored a year ago needed dental work, and we actually found a dental
clinic that was willing to accept IFH but IFH covered only the extraction
of the tooth.

Hope this helps,
Sara

On Thu, Mar 10, 2016 at 5:39 PM, Marc Carruthers <mwcarruthers at gmail.com>
wrote:

> 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.
>
> http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/pdf/pub/IFHP-eng.pdf
>
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