Basic Dental, Eyeglasses and Hearing Care

Through the Healthy Kids Program, children of low-income families can get help with the costs of:

  • Basic dental care
  • Prescription eyewear
  • Hearing instruments
  • Alternative hearing assistance

You don’t need to apply. Your children are eligible if:

  • Your family receives Medical Services Plan (MSP) premium assistance
  • They are under 19 years old

Show your child’s CareCard or BC Services Card when you arrive at the dental, optical or audiology office. Ask them to confirm coverage before the appointment. Be sure to ask if there will be any extra charges that are not covered.

Dental

Children are eligible for $2,000 towards basic dental services every two years. This includes:

  • Exams
  • X-rays
  • Fillings
  • Cleanings
  • Extractions

Emergency treatment is available if your child has reached the $2,000 limit. It is only available for the immediate relief of pain.

Orthodontics are not included. Ask your dentist for more information.

Optical

Children are eligible for prescription glasses once a year. This includes lenses and basic frames. MSP covers eye examinations for children.

Contact lenses are not included. All prescriptions must be current and meet certain criteria. Ask your optical provider for more information.

Hearing

Children are eligible for:

  • Hearing aids
  • Bone anchored hearing aids
  • Cochlear implants
  • Repairs
  • Related items

Your audiologist or hearing instrument provider will assess the best option for your child. They then must send in their recommendations for preauthorization. If approved, they'll be reimbursed for the least expensive, appropriate hearing instrument.

You may be able to get an alternative hearing assistance supplement if your child:

  • Has permanent profound hearing loss in both ears
  • Won't benefit from a hearing instrument to understand speech

Call 1 866 866-0800 for more information.