EYE CARE IS AT RISK

The government forces optometrists to examine these patients at a loss. 
The practice must subsidize 45% of the cost of a full exam and 75% of the cost of a partial (problem specific) exam.

WHAT'S HAPPENING ?

When our optometrists see patients under the age of 20 or over 65, their full or partial eye exam is covered by the Ontario Health Insurance Plan (OHIP). After more than 30 years of underfunding, the government now covers an average of 55 per cent of the cost of an OHIP-insured eye exam, leaving optometrists’ clinics to absorb the other 45 percent. With more than four million services delivered annually under OHIP and clinics under severe financial strain, the system is no longer sustainable. 

A full eye exam for people 19 years or younger: 55% costs covered by OHIP

A full eye exam for people 65 years or older: 55% costs covered by OHIP

One eye exam every year.

Full eye exams for every age: 100% costs covered by OHIP

One eye exam every year.

The cost to health care if the patient is sent to the ER is about 10x more. Flip that around and the amount paid out to an optometrist is 10x less.

2021 x 1989

JOB ACTION & HOW IT AFFECTS YOU

On September 1st, Optometrists across Ontario will stop providing OHIP insured eye exams until further notice. 
If you are a senior (65+), a child (19 and under) or an adult with an OHIP covered eye conditions, we will not be able to see you. 
If you have an appointment booked during job action our team will contact you and put you on a priority booking list so we can see you once job is over. 

If you are between the ages of 20 - 64 (and do not have an OHIP covered condition) we can still see you for your annual check up or eye exam.

 

YOU ARE NOT ABLE TO PAY FOR YOUR EYE EXAM
Provincial laws prevent anyone from paying for any OHIP service, even if you have insurance.

HOW CAN YOU HELP ?

Please visit saveeyecare.ca to sign our online petition or call/email your MPP

 

Stan Cho 

111 Sheppard Ave. W

North York, ON M2N 1M7

Tel.: 416-733-7878

Fax: 416-733-7709

Email: stan.cho@pc.ola.org

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