Saying the recent Ontario budget fails to save eye care, optometrists have voted 96% to withdraw OHIP services starting September 1st, unless the province agrees to legally-binding negotiations to pay for these services at least to the cost of delivery.
The Ontario Association of Optometrists says the government covers an average of 55% of the cost of an eye exam.
Optometrists say with over 4-million delivered annually under OHIP, and clinics under ”severe financial strain,” this is no longer sustainable.
”Government neglect has jeopardized access to eye care for those who need it most, undervaluing the eye health of Ontarians,” says Dr. Sheldon Salaba, President of the OAO.
”Optometrists are being fair and reasonable: we ask only that government commit to cover at least the cost of service delivery, and we’re giving them lots of notice to avoid any impact on patients.”