In Nova Scotia, most dental work is not covered by our provincial health care program (MSI). The only exceptions are medically necessary procedures such as the surgical removal of impacted teeth and routine dental work for children aged 14 and under.
This means that I see a lot of people who are suddenly faced with a large dental bill that they don’t have any coverage for—or worse, people who avoid going to the dentist at all because they can’t afford it.
Group health plans offer some dental coverage and, for some people, it’s enough. Others find themselves hitting the coverage cap before the year is out and having to dig deep to cover the rest of the costs. If you have a group insurance plan or if you rely solely on MSI, here are some things to consider about dental coverage in Nova Scotia. Read more »