NIHB Program Joint Review – Dental Care

Par Chantal Cleary | avr. 07, 2016

The joint review (AFN-FNIHB) of the Non-Insured Health Benefits (NIHB) Program began a few months ago and is slated to continue until March 2017. The review is being overseen by a steering committee composed of a fair representation of First Nations members and First Nations and Inuit Health Branch (FNIHB) staff. Each benefit area will be examined separately and become the subject of a dedicated report. A final report will be issued at the end of the joint review process to present all the findings and recommendations as well as an action plan for their implementation.

The objectives of the program’s joint review process are to:

  • Enhance client access to health care and services;
  • Identify problems and fill in service gaps;
  • Streamline service delivery to be more responsive to client needs;
  • Increase program efficiency.


All program benefits are reviewed according to a pre-established timeline (dental care, vision care, medical transportation, medical supplies and equipment, and pharmacy). The communities, health care workers, clients and service providers will be invited to provide input on each component of the program.

From March 10th until May 20th 2016: Dental Care Benefit review.

There are two ways for First Nations members to participate in this review:

  1. Fill out an online survey (for all communities, health workers and clients) at the following address:
  2. Submit a written proposal of five pages maximum (for communities or groups of people). Guidance is available at the following address:


We strongly suggest that you involve your community members in this revision process. The FNQLHSSC will send you all the information related to the joint review process as it is available.

Do not hesitate to contact us for more information.

Health Care Liaison Agent

418-842-1540, ext. 236