Wee Oliver had his 15 month checkup and immunizations at Public Health here in Charlottetown yesterday. I can’t say enough good things about the people at Public Health: they are a bunch of caring, knowledgeable professionals who are making raising a child that little bit easier.
We take their services for granted here on the Island, but their role is diminished or non-existent in other jurisdictions. Our friends in Nova Scotia, for example, didn’t get a helpful series of home visits from a public health nurse during the first months of their child’s life like we did.
And yesterday we learned of a new benefit: for $15/year, the Province will cover the cost of Oliver’s regular dentistry from now until the time he’s 17 years old. I remember the child dental benefit being held up as a campaign promise by the David Petersen Liberals back in the late 1980s in Ontario and going nowhere; it’s surprising (and heartening) to see that the dream came alive here on PEI.