Saturday, July 4, 2009

Free and Low Cost Dental Care in Calgary

There are a lot of people who cannot afford Dental care for themselves or their children. The province of Alberta in partnership with the Calgary Health region has a oral health program for folks like these.

If you want to learn how to get free or low-cost dental procedures done, consult these places for eligibility requirements.


HOW TO GET DENTAL CARE IN THE CALGARY REGION

1. Alberta Child Health Benefit (ACHB)
Phone: 1-877-469-5437
Web: www.employment.alberta.ca/achb
E-mail: achb@gov.ab.ca

Who is eligible?

  • Children under the age of 18 (19 if attending high school) in low-income families.
  • Eligibility based on income and number of eligible children in the family.
  • Must apply. Call for an application or download from website.

Coverage

  • Free basic health benefits and routine dental services.
  • Show benefit card to a dental provider.

2. Alberta Health Services - Calgary Region

Community Dental Clinics
Chumir 403-955-6888
Northeast 403-944-9999
Airdrie 403-912-8484
Web: www.calgaryhealthregion.ca/programs/dental

Who is eligible?

  • Children and adults with limited income that do not have a dental plan.
  • Eligibility based on income and family size.
  • Families must apply. Call for application or download from website.

Coverage
  • Reduced fee dental care.
  • Routine and basic services including cleanings, x-rays, fillings and removal of teeth.

3. Burns Memorial Fund
Phone: 403-234-9396
Web: http://www.burnsfund.com

Eligibility
  • Must be under the age of 21 and lived in Calgary for at least 6 months.
  • No dental insurance/benefits.
  • Referral letter and treatment plan needed.
Coverage
  • Payment or cost-sharing for dental or orthodontic treatment.
  • Payments are not given for services already provided in a dental office before applying to the Burns Fund.

Dental Care for Low Income families

23 comments:

  1. Thanks for posting this -- I will def. check it out. I had to go to my parents in Winnipeg & get a check up there, it's less then half the price they wanted here.

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  2. Ok
    Thanks for share, But I know an other doctor in canada who have cheap fee and qualified.

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  3. Where can you go if you break a front tooth and need to get a root canal & a cap?? I am not working and fell & broke my front tooth..

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  4. hi,

    I m looking a dentist since 9 years who can fix my tooth bridge i m eating with one side since and in a terrible condition i m low income family member and a mother of 3. I wish some one out there can do something for me,because whenever i go to the dentist they ask for 3000 to 4000 which is not possible and if i cannot fix this year than not for ever because the limit is 10 years and .......
    thanks
    a friend

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  5. thanks for posting this one!

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  6. Hey, I had been trying to take my wisdom teeth but It seems like it is impossible. I'm student and low income citizen.Do you know a place that I could go to get them out for a cheap price or even free?

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  7. Hi
    I am wondering how I can find a dentist that is willing to do monthly payments other than 1/2 of the cost up front and the balance over 3 months!
    I am currently on disability that is a combination of long term through employer, and CPP. Everyone says that I have to much income!
    I desperately need major work done , I have a severe infection and I must get all remaining teeth extracted, and dentures both upper and lower. I have just left an abusive marriage,
    now I am left with a horrible financial situation, and I am suffering big time with the pain in my mouth. What really gets me is that when I kicked my husband out he goes to social services , is approved and he just recently received complete set of dentures at a cost of 3700.00 paid for by social services!I cannot believe it! he is capable of working yet he does not and he gets free dental. unreal I had no choice but to leave the marriage and he gets all of the services he needs from the government. Please can anyone provide me with a dentist that could help me?
    Every tooth in my mouth is loose and I need help asap.
    Thanks

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  8. If you cannot get help here, you might like to look into getting some dental work done in Mexico....much much cheaper....and you should be able to write it off. Coral dental Clinic in Playa del Carmen, Quintana Roo (45 minutes from Cancun)is a great clinic.

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  9. It is pretty sad when I have dental benefits and I am still looking at a $900.00 bill if I fix my tooth - one tooth!! I guess I will be extracting it and hope all my other teeth stay healthy or I'll be gumming it very soon. If I fix the tooth I won't be able to feed my family! I might as well cancel the dental insurance at work since the extra charges are beyond belief.

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  10. that is why I think I will pay outright, and claim on income tax, as the monthly is high, plus they only cover so much, and it is still expensive...it's no small wonder more people don't walk around with rotten mouths...

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  11. Thanks for posting this! If you're looking for good denturists, be sure to find ones that are considerate of your needs, and you'll be just fine.

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  12. I am working, I have a benefit plan. I don't have money to pay the dentist. It's been 3 years now. The Dentist office calls every 3 months or so and my answer to their question remains the same. "No I will not be booking a follow-up appt. as I cannot afford it"

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  13. Thank you for posting this. I am a single mother with no support from my ex-husband and am on a very low income. I would love for my kids to be able to go to a Calgary dentist so that they can have healthy teeth. What are the prices? Thank you again.

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  14. The best option is a flight overseas or a drive down to Mexico.I have full dental insurance,but it is very hard to find a dentist in Calgary for under $2 000.00 an hour.Insurance pays according to "Normal" amounts dentists charge in Canada,they max at about $1 000.00 an hour,so a trip to Sask. or B.C is your second best option. Im opting for Asia,the best choice for quality,Mexico being second best,for your tird sub-standard choice,bring lots of $$

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  15. Thanks for posting this. Even though I am in senior with dentures it's still difficult to find good dental care.

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  16. Im a commercial painter i am in need of dental care. my work carries no dental plan. my children are young teens it is hard providing them what they need.by the time I pay bills and rent. and food I have no money left my teeth are starting to make me sick and they hurt very bad.I cant eat any hard foods without pain.
    sincerly Charles.c. Nelson phone 403- 710 0374.or 403 244 1982 if anyone can help me. I dont qulify for subsidy.

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  17. This is a great list for Calgary dental providers! Thanks so much!

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  18. Is this one of the only places to get a teeth cleaning in Calgary? I need to get my teeth cleaned, I haven't been to a dentist in a couple years!! I know it's been way too long!!

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  19. Do you think the insurance in Calgary would cover my dental for my kids? It would be very helpful if I could get some assistance. I know it depends on the plan you have, what is recommended?

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  20. I NEED COSMETIC DENTAL DONE ON MY TWO FRONT TEETH AS AN ABUSIVE EX SMASHED THEM BOTH OUT! WHERE CAN I HAVE THIS DONE FOR CHEEP AND WITHOUT X RAYS???

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  21. Hi there guys, I think some of you under the impression that only rich people can afford to pay for dental plan without plans. You should just go to a dentist and see how much it would cost.I haven't been to dentist forever and after having 2kids got lots of cavities, so now im starting to catch up on my dental work, so far I had 5 large fillings done(im talking about 10 years without dental check type) plus a full set of xrays(all teeth plus the head) and so far it totaled to about 900 buks(no benefits). $900 is actually not thaaaat bad. Yes I realize that crown(about $1000 that's what my dentist said) and root canals are more expensive, but I still cant believe reading all this comments that people couldn't save one thousand dollars and go take care of few teeth (not including that single mom of 2. I have 2 kids myself and I know how expensive that can get :)

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  22. There is an event in Calgary www.giftfromtheheart.ca -it is no cost dental cleanings

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