A Parksville senior says he’s in desperate need of dentures but can’t afford them due to living on a fixed income. Several years ago, the 77-year-old paid to get crowns on most of his teeth on the advice of his dentist, but it wasn’t cheap. “…totalling around $25,000. I thought it was a good investment for the rest of my life,” said Collins. But then for some unknown reason, Collins says perhaps coincidentally after his COVID-19 vaccinations, his teeth started breaking.
To date, 23 of his teeth have broken off.
Collins says he can’t save that much being on a fixed income. It’s now difficult for him to eat and he’s losing weight. His situation has come to the attention of his Member of Parliament, Gord Johns.
“Clearly because of New Democrats and the confidence and supply agreement the government has committed to bringing in a dental care plan this year that will cover children under 12, next year seniors, people living with disabilities and the year after all families that are $90,000 a year or less but it just can’t come quick enough for someone like Ted and people who don’t think we need a dental care program all they need to do is look at someone like Ted,” said Gord Johns, the MP for Courtenay-Alberni riding.