MONTREAL – The minister of Health, Danielle McCann, announced Friday at the CHU Sainte-Justine as the prevention and treatment oral health of children who suffer sequelae due to treatment for a pediatric cancer will now be covered by the public plan.
The treatments of chemotherapy, radiation and surgery experienced by children with cancer during a critical period of development can have significant consequences for these children.
The treatments that will be required by the following may represent several tens of thousands of dollars that parents had to pay out of pocket.
The program, the terms of which remain to be finalised, will come into force on the 1st April next, but the minister McCann has promised that all children will be required to undergo treatment by then will be eligible for the program.
It is a victory and a relief for Marie-Claude Hébert, who was looking for nearly 10 years to get free health care that will be required for her son, Jeremy Beaudoin, today 14 years old.
The child, whose case has been exposed by the issuance of The Invoice, has undergone treatment at a young age and will soon need to undergo treatment to which the invoice will total somewhere between 30 000 $ and 60 000 $, according to the assessments obtained by Ms. Hebert.
The minister McCann acknowledged during the announcement that it was ridiculous that these children are not covered, while the State covers dental care required by road accident victims, workers injured on the job or victims of a criminal act.
Currently, the Governance of the health insurance covers dental care for children up to the age of 10 years. In the case of children with cancer, the sequelae, and the treatment required arise much later.
Ms. McCann stated that the oral health care required by the children with cancer will also be covered beyond age 18.