ONTARIO OPTOMETRISTS SET TO WITHDRAW SERVICES AS TALKS WITH PROVINCE BREAKDOWN

Aug 31, 2021

By Bob Komsic

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The group representing optometrists in Ontario says it’s aware of the inconvenience to patients but that the Ford government is leaving it with no other choice.
Poised to withdraw services Wednesday after a breakdown in talks, the Ontario Association of Optometrists says the deadline could be moved if the province agrees to increasing the reimbursement rate.
The government recently said it will retroactively pay optometrists $39-million to cover increased costs of eye exams.
Health Minister Christine Elliott says the OAO turned down further mediation over the weekend, and that the government has put forward a ”fair and reasonable plan on the table.”
She’s urged optometrists to commit to working together to reach an agreement.
OHIP covers annual eye exams for those 65 and older, 19 and younger, and anyone with specific health conditions.
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