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Getting Dental Work Done the Cheap Way.

January 25, 2008

Well today I am off for to the dentist. Since mid December I have been in dental pain and too chicken to go to the dentist. First here in Toronto there aren’t many dentists who will take an Ontario Works client. When you are poor and live in the city it is harder to access dental care at least it is here in Canada. But luckily I found one who will do the emergency treatment that I need. But for the long run she was telling about some programs that are here. Since then I have found that many major cities across Canada and even North America have options similar to this. So why not take care of your mouth?  For a long time for me it was a fear factor. Don’t know why or where it began but I feared the dentist.

So where to go here in the city first to get my teeth cleaned there are several options George Brown offers free cleaning, as do many other private colleges here in the city that train dental hygienists. So no more excuses for teeth not being cleaned, you do however have to be available for about 5 appointments.  For things like needed fillings, root canals and like there is the University of Toronto and there is a cost. The cost is 1/3 what you would have to pay at a dentist’s office.   In Hamilton they have the Dental Bus for emergencies and a local dental hygenie college so i do remember what is there.

So after many years of hating my mouth it is time that I attack the issues of poor dental care. If you are anything like me you can do it too just search out your local programs.

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  1. Ron Payne permalink
    February 16, 2008 6:17 pm

    The trick here is to find out what the criteria is before applying
    Ontario Works Act, 1997
    S.O. 1997, CHAPTER 25
    SCHEDULE A
    Who receives benefits
    8.Benefits may be provided for,
    (a) a recipient or a dependant;
    (b) a person eligible to receive income support under the Ontario Disability Support Program Act, 1997 or a dependant; and
    (c) members of the prescribed classes of persons. 1997, c. 25, Sched. A, s. 8.
    Ontario Works Act, 1997
    ONTARIO REGULATION 134/98
    GENERAL
    PART VII
    OTHER BASIC FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE
    BENEFITS
    55. (1) The following benefits shall be paid with respect to each of the members of a recipient’s benefit unit if the administrator is satisfied that he or she meets the criteria for them and income assistance is being paid on his or her behalf:
    HEALTH BENEFITS
    1. An amount for health benefits equal to the sum of,
    ii. the cost for dental services and vision items and services, other than a periodic oculo-visual assessment as referred to in paragraph 1.1, for dependent children, if those services and items and that cost have been approved by the Minister,
    (4) The following are the discretionary benefits that may be paid or provided under subsection (3):
    1. The cost of dental services provided to members of the benefit unit other than dependent children.
    DISCRETIONARY BENEFITS
    59. (1) A delivery agent may pay or provide one or more of the benefits set out in subsection (2) to or on behalf of a person referred to in section 8 of the Act in the amount determined by the administrator. O. Reg. 134/98, s. 59 (1).
    (2) For the purposes of subsection (1), the benefits are the following:
    1. The cost of dental services.
    PROVISION OF BENEFITS
    DIRECTIVE 31.0
    Dental Care for Adults

    Dental care for adults is discretionary. Delivery agents may provide dental services to applicants and participants for emergency dental care (i.e. dental services which are necessary to relieve pain or for medical or therapeutic reasons), and dental care which would support the participation requirements for the participant who is actively looking for work and is job ready . Services provided for cosmetic reasons, such as orthodontic treatment and appliances,
    are not included.

    The delivery agent may enter into an agreement with the Ontario Dental Association (ODA) for one of three levels of service. The delivery agent is billed directly by the ODA and pays for the services required.

    In areas where delivery agents choose not to join the ODA plan, the participant must obtain an estimate of the cost before approval to proceed is given. It is not necessary to ask the participant to obtain more than one estimate unless the administrator feels the estimate submitted is exorbitant.

  2. Ron Payne permalink
    February 16, 2008 6:17 pm

    The trick here is to find out what the criteria is before applying
    Ontario Works Act, 1997
    S.O. 1997, CHAPTER 25
    SCHEDULE A
    Who receives benefits
    8.Benefits may be provided for,
    (a) a recipient or a dependant;
    (b) a person eligible to receive income support under the Ontario Disability Support Program Act, 1997 or a dependant; and
    (c) members of the prescribed classes of persons. 1997, c. 25, Sched. A, s. 8.
    Ontario Works Act, 1997
    ONTARIO REGULATION 134/98
    GENERAL
    PART VII
    OTHER BASIC FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE
    BENEFITS
    55. (1) The following benefits shall be paid with respect to each of the members of a recipient’s benefit unit if the administrator is satisfied that he or she meets the criteria for them and income assistance is being paid on his or her behalf:
    HEALTH BENEFITS
    1. An amount for health benefits equal to the sum of,
    ii. the cost for dental services and vision items and services, other than a periodic oculo-visual assessment as referred to in paragraph 1.1, for dependent children, if those services and items and that cost have been approved by the Minister,
    (4) The following are the discretionary benefits that may be paid or provided under subsection (3):
    1. The cost of dental services provided to members of the benefit unit other than dependent children.
    DISCRETIONARY BENEFITS
    59. (1) A delivery agent may pay or provide one or more of the benefits set out in subsection (2) to or on behalf of a person referred to in section 8 of the Act in the amount determined by the administrator. O. Reg. 134/98, s. 59 (1).
    (2) For the purposes of subsection (1), the benefits are the following:
    1. The cost of dental services.
    PROVISION OF BENEFITS
    DIRECTIVE 31.0
    Dental Care for Adults

    Dental care for adults is discretionary. Delivery agents may provide dental services to applicants and participants for emergency dental care (i.e. dental services which are necessary to relieve pain or for medical or therapeutic reasons), and dental care which would support the participation requirements for the participant who is actively looking for work and is job ready . Services provided for cosmetic reasons, such as orthodontic treatment and appliances,
    are not included.

    The delivery agent may enter into an agreement with the Ontario Dental Association (ODA) for one of three levels of service. The delivery agent is billed directly by the ODA and pays for the services required.

    In areas where delivery agents choose not to join the ODA plan, the participant must obtain an estimate of the cost before approval to proceed is given. It is not necessary to ask the participant to obtain more than one estimate unless the administrator feels the estimate submitted is exorbitant.

  3. Ron Payne permalink
    February 16, 2008 6:17 pm

    The trick here is to find out what the criteria is before applying
    Ontario Works Act, 1997
    S.O. 1997, CHAPTER 25
    SCHEDULE A
    Who receives benefits
    8.Benefits may be provided for,
    (a) a recipient or a dependant;
    (b) a person eligible to receive income support under the Ontario Disability Support Program Act, 1997 or a dependant; and
    (c) members of the prescribed classes of persons. 1997, c. 25, Sched. A, s. 8.
    Ontario Works Act, 1997
    ONTARIO REGULATION 134/98
    GENERAL
    PART VII
    OTHER BASIC FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE
    BENEFITS
    55. (1) The following benefits shall be paid with respect to each of the members of a recipient’s benefit unit if the administrator is satisfied that he or she meets the criteria for them and income assistance is being paid on his or her behalf:
    HEALTH BENEFITS
    1. An amount for health benefits equal to the sum of,
    ii. the cost for dental services and vision items and services, other than a periodic oculo-visual assessment as referred to in paragraph 1.1, for dependent children, if those services and items and that cost have been approved by the Minister,
    (4) The following are the discretionary benefits that may be paid or provided under subsection (3):
    1. The cost of dental services provided to members of the benefit unit other than dependent children.
    DISCRETIONARY BENEFITS
    59. (1) A delivery agent may pay or provide one or more of the benefits set out in subsection (2) to or on behalf of a person referred to in section 8 of the Act in the amount determined by the administrator. O. Reg. 134/98, s. 59 (1).
    (2) For the purposes of subsection (1), the benefits are the following:
    1. The cost of dental services.
    PROVISION OF BENEFITS
    DIRECTIVE 31.0
    Dental Care for Adults

    Dental care for adults is discretionary. Delivery agents may provide dental services to applicants and participants for emergency dental care (i.e. dental services which are necessary to relieve pain or for medical or therapeutic reasons), and dental care which would support the participation requirements for the participant who is actively looking for work and is job ready . Services provided for cosmetic reasons, such as orthodontic treatment and appliances,
    are not included.

    The delivery agent may enter into an agreement with the Ontario Dental Association (ODA) for one of three levels of service. The delivery agent is billed directly by the ODA and pays for the services required.

    In areas where delivery agents choose not to join the ODA plan, the participant must obtain an estimate of the cost before approval to proceed is given. It is not necessary to ask the participant to obtain more than one estimate unless the administrator feels the estimate submitted is exorbitant.

  4. February 25, 2008 2:38 am

    Wellness, health, aching, confidence and good health all are related to good mouth hygiene. Visit your dental professional often and many aches and pains can be relieved. Smiles will always win over a frown and making a great smile to others will win you over always. Your health is important to all that matters in life and smiling is a big part of it. A constant reader of health articles and remedies are part of my weekly habit and your blog, message and articles help all in participating in wellness habits. Let all smile and take care of your dental hygiene. Thanks.

    smile makeovers

  5. February 25, 2008 2:38 am

    Wellness, health, aching, confidence and good health all are related to good mouth hygiene. Visit your dental professional often and many aches and pains can be relieved. Smiles will always win over a frown and making a great smile to others will win you over always. Your health is important to all that matters in life and smiling is a big part of it. A constant reader of health articles and remedies are part of my weekly habit and your blog, message and articles help all in participating in wellness habits. Let all smile and take care of your dental hygiene. Thanks.

    smile makeovers

  6. February 25, 2008 2:38 am

    Wellness, health, aching, confidence and good health all are related to good mouth hygiene. Visit your dental professional often and many aches and pains can be relieved. Smiles will always win over a frown and making a great smile to others will win you over always. Your health is important to all that matters in life and smiling is a big part of it. A constant reader of health articles and remedies are part of my weekly habit and your blog, message and articles help all in participating in wellness habits. Let all smile and take care of your dental hygiene. Thanks.

    smile makeovers

  7. holliep permalink*
    April 10, 2009 4:12 pm

    Preet thanks for the pointer where I think I explain pretty well my take on kids and money!

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