How to get dental care in B.C.
VANCOUVER, B.N. — B.C.’s health minister says the province’s dental health care system needs to improve to cope with an aging population.
The province’s health minister told The Associated Press on Wednesday the province is facing an aging workforce and a growing need for dental care.
Dr. Peter Hwang said the province needs to better connect the dental workforce to the health system.
“There is a huge gap between the number of dental residents and the number who are able to get services,” he said.
Hwang said he’s working with health ministries across the province to increase the number and number of residents in the health care sector.
Health officials are also working on improving the system to keep patients in place longer.
For now, Hwang expects dental care to remain relatively affordable.
Barebones dental insurance is available in most areas.
But for more than 60,000 people who don’t qualify for dental insurance, there are plans to help them purchase dental care through the government’s dental program.
With files from the Associated Press and the Canadian Press