Since 2004, the Provincial Government has continued to invest less and less money into eye health. That was the year that adults 18 – 64 years in Ontario could no longer access an OHIP covered eye exam.
Now, OHIP covered eye exams for children, senior citizens, and those folks with eye diseases are in trouble due to chronic under funding by the Provincial Government.
Please consider signing this petition and help stop this from happening. https://www.saveeyecare.ca/
Every day optometrists take pride in helping our patients see clearly and preventing blindness. But today we need your help.
For over 30 years, the Ontario government has refused to formally negotiate with optometrists.
In 1989, the Ontario government paid $39.15 for an eye exam.
In 2021, 32 years later, they pay an average of $44.65.
This amount does not come close to covering the cost (including rent, staff, utilities, equipment, taxes and supplies) to provide an eye exam.
This is not sustainable and yet the Ontario government continues to ignore your care.
They have left optometrists with no choice. If they do not prioritize eye care, as of September 1, 2021, access to eye care for millions of Ontarians will end.