Rogers cites “panic” and “pain” because of abrupt cuts to dental plan

NDP Health Critic Gerry Rogers

NDP Health Critic Gerry Rogers (MHA, St. John’s Centre) says government’s abrupt reversal on the Adult Dental Plan has taken away the hope that thousands of people held all too briefly after the plan was introduced just over a year ago.

“The new Adult Dental Plan had unprecedented uptake because people with low incomes could not afford their dental care. Did this government not cost out what the 2012 program would cost?” Rogers asked in the House today.

“Now that the rug has been pulled out from under that program, how much will people have to suffer, what is the current budget for this program and will there be a cap on it?”

Rogers also spoke about the overwhelming number of calls she and her colleagues have been receiving from residents of the province.

“Since the announcement of changes in the Adult Dental Care Program people have been calling our offices in a panic about their own dental care,” she said. “They know the new $150 per year limit will not cover their needs. People need help!

“I ask the Minister, what are we to tell people who are in pain?”

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