To our patients
Beginning September 1st, 2021, OHIP covered eye exams may disappear. This affects Ontarians ages 19 and below, 65 and above, as well as those with specific conditions such as glaucoma or diabetes.
For 30 years, eye care in Ontario has been chronically underfunded by the Ontario government. With the increase of inflation and cost of overhead, this model has been unsustainable for years. In fact, Ontario’s optometrists subsidize $173 million per year out of their own pockets.
The Covid-19 pandemic has devastated small business owners as well as front line health care workers. Optometrists are both.
This year, optometrists in Ontario are asking for sustainability. We believe long term accessibility to eye care is worth fighting for.
Unfortunately the government had ignored our request time and time again. We have not come to a solution to continue to be sustainable moving forward.
As a result, optometrists have voted to withdraw all OHIP services beginning September 1st. This job action is required for the Ontario Government to begin fair negotiation so we can continue to serve you and your families.
Despite the difficulties faced, we have been overwhelmed by the outpouring support from our patients.
For those looking to get involved, here are some ways you can help prevent the loss of eye care in Ontario.
- Go to www.saveeyecare.ca and sign the online petition.
- Contact the Minister of Health, the Hon. Christine Elliott 416-327-4100.
- Write a letter to your MPP requesting support to save eye care in Ontario
Dr. Rachel Ng, OD