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Gabriel Nadeau-Dubois, president of Québec Solidaire, presented his economic views today on Radio-Canada’s Tout un matin.
During the interview, the GND confirmed, “Access to dental care in Quebec is very difficult and it costs us a lot”.
This is incorrect, based on the average cost per household for dental care from Statistics Canada’s Survey of Household Expenditures.
The latest data on this level shows that it will cost Quebec households an average of $461 as of 2019.
The province ranks third behind British Columbia at $541 and Alberta at $536.
When questioned on the matter, Québec Solidaire says it is based on data from 2016 and 2017, which includes dental insurance.
If we repeat the calculation with the 2017 data, in terms of fees and insurance, Quebec is still not in first place. British Columbia still ranks first, at $598 per household, while Quebec has $515.
However, if you take total costs for 2016 and 2017 and divide them by average income, “Quebec is more expensive than anywhere else in Canada” and Quebec “gets the top 1 or 2,” says press officer Laurent Deslauriers. year”.
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