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Jason’s Story- The Exception

For the beginning of Jason Jones’s story, it can be found in the post titled “Jason’s Story". His story left off where all Jason could afford to do was get all but four of his teeth extracted. Where, at the age of twenty-five, Jason had the smile of an 80 year old man. Jason was unable to get the dental care he needed because he could afford it and could only afford the cost of the aftermath from the untreated problems - dental decay. Jason Jones lives in a country where they are not willing to provide free dental care to those in need. Because of Jason’s situation, it made it harder for him to find a job to pay for his dental needs. This continuous cycle is not an uncommon one to live through and many people have to face it every day. After the Star, one of Canada's largest online news site, published Jason’s Story the public finally responded. A Markham dentist named Dr. Raj Singh, was willing to offer Jason Jones free dentures and dental implants. Jason’s first step in treatment was a full set of dentures and two implants to hold them in place. This procedure would have normally cost about $10,500, but luckily Jason Jones can have this done for free because of Dr. Raj Singh generosity and how the public responded.

Many Canadians across the nation are not as fortunate.  Dental care is not included in Canada's universal health system and many suffer because of it. Especially people from a low-socioeconomic status background.

Canadians pay for dental care in four different ways. The first is through third-party insurance, second through private dental insurance, third is by paying directly out-of-pocket; and lastly through government-subsidized programs. The vulnerable group who face the hardest struggle are families from low income. With that said, pediatricians and family doctors play an important role in knowing which child is at an increased risk for dental disease. They also have a role in advocating for more comprehensive and universal dental care for all families but especially those in need.

The Canadian Oral Health Strategy (COHS) was developed by the Federal, Provincial/Territorial Dental Working Group in 2004. It was created to make goals and strategies for oral health promotion, access, and surveillance for oral health. Thanks to the development of COHS, many provinces have made changes in their policies for children from low-socioeconomic backgrounds. However, it’s important to note that programs in each province vary in what they cover. Also important to know is that while COHS is helping, it has still left many vulnerable people without dental coverage.


Rowean-Legg, A. (2013, January 11). Oral health care for children-a call for action. doi:18(1):37-43 Retrieved from: al-health-care-for-children

Welsh, Moira. (2007, June 23). He has a new smile; system still in decay. Toronto Star News. Retrieved from
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November 24 2015, 18:00:25 UTC 1 year ago Edited:  December 6 2015, 21:09:45 UTC

Hi Hawa,

I really enjoyed this blog. I have heard of Jason's story previously but was never aware of the overall cost of the procedure. Jason was lucky to find a dentist willing to do all this work pro-bono. Unfortunately, not many others have had the same luck as Jason. Many of the reasons why we have such a big inequality to access dental health care is because of the lack of government supported programs. Although there are programs in place, all of which have specific requirements that does not cater to the population that are most in need. An example if you are a working professional but your workplace does not offer dental insurance and the expense of dental work is too high to pay out of pocket, you, as a working individual, are not within the requirements to receive funding from Ontario Works or the Ontario Disability Support Program. Because this barrier to access to dental health, most do not receive proper care until it is too late.
by Carine A
Thanks Carine!

I completely agree with you that although there are programs to help people in similar situations such as Jason. Not everyone will be getting the care that they need when they need it! Thanks for commenting and I'm happy that you enjoyed the blog.