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Dental care: PLC and NPD disagree on deployment

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So far, more than 400,000 people have started the registration process to join the federal system.

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New Democrats and Liberals are at odds over the rollout of the new federal dental plan after the government announced it will not be fully in effect until 2025, contrary to the agreement that x27;he signed with the NDP.

Ultimately, the dental plan will cover all uninsured Canadians whose annual family income is less than $90,000. This program constitutes one of the main pillars of the agreement concluded between the Liberal Party and the New Democratic Party (NDP), which aims to prevent the holding of elections before 2025.

The agreement calls for the program to be fully implemented by the end of the year, but on Wednesday the government announced that registration won't begin until next year for most adults ages 18 to 65.

This announcement goes against the assurances that NDP health critic Don Davies said he received from federal Health Minister Mark Holland last week.

I received a clear answer that it will start before the end of 2024, he said.

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Don Davies (right), NDP health critic, with his leader, Jagmeet Singh. (File photo)

Mr. Davies added that the understanding between the two parties is crystal clear on when the program should be implemented.

We hope that registrations will begin for everyone this year, he said.

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Minister Holland's office did not immediately respond to a request for comments from The Canadian Press about what was said to Mr. Davies.

So far, more than 400,000 people have started the registration process to join the federal plan, which is expected to begin accepting applications in May.

Registration is currently open to people over 72 and will be expanded in May to people 65 and over. People with disabilities and children under 18 will be able to register in June.

All other eligible people will be able to register online starting in 2025, said Seniors Minister Seamus O'Regan during a press conference in Ottawa on Wednesday.

Questioned about this delay in relation to what is provided for in the agreement with the NDP, Minister Holland recalled that he does not intend to do so. It's not easy to enroll up to nine million Canadians in this program.

Would I like to get there tomorrow morning? Yes. But logistics and reality restrict us. Our ambition must therefore be limited to do things well, Holland argued.

The registration process can be a significant barrier to people who want to access the program, especially those who have never received oral health care before, he raised.

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Federal Health Minister Mark Holland during the announcement about the program dental care, last December in Ottawa.

This is why the government wants to make everything as smooth as possible. Currently, for example, the waiting times to reach a government call center to begin the process are almost zero, the minister rejoiced.< /p>

We need to make sure as much as possible that we do things right and that [people who sign up] have a positive experience , he reiterated.

Mr. Davies countered that Sun Life, the private company responsible for administering the plan, can process up to 500,000 applications per month and that the money needed for one full membership has already been budgeted.

If there is any deviation from what is provided for in the membership agreement support and confidence, the NDP will take the government to task, he promised.

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