Save Eye Care in Ontario
Chronic underfunding for children and seniors eye examination has been an unresolved issue in Ontario for the past 30 years. Without a real commitment to cost recovery for a long-term, sustainable eye care system from @ongov, starting September 1st, Ontario optometrists will stop seeing OHIP-insured patients.
OHIP covers eye exams for those aged 0-19, 65+ and those with specific health conditions.
While we are aware of the inconvenience this may cause, this government has left us with no other choice. It saddens us to have to take this action, but we are committed to minimizing any risk to patients’ health and vision.
In fact, Ontario Association of Optometrists (OAO) are even willing to move this deadline as long as the ministry agrees to pay the amount it costs for us to deliver these publicly-funded services, and stop reimbursing us at the worst rates across Canada.
The OAO will remain seated at the bargaining table on September 1st directly across from the chairs that have remained empty for the past 30 years.
We ask that you consider showing your support by writing to your MPP, the Minister of Health, and the Premier of Ontario at www.saveeyecare.ca. Over 140,000 Ontarians have already done so.
Join the call to #SaveEyeCare.