On September 1st Ontario Optometrists will be withdrawing all OHIP insured eye exams. This affects children, seniors, and adults with certain eye conditions. This does not affect access to care if you generally have to pay for your eye exams.
WHY JOB ACTION?
The Ontario government, over the last 30 years, have ignored Optometrists. Over the last 32 years the fee has changed from $39.15 (in 1989) to an average of $44.65 today. This has not kept up with inflation and does not cover the overhead costs of providing the eye exam (rent, salaries, utilities, equipment, supplies, and taxes). As a result your optometry office performs every OHIP eye exam at a loss. This is unfair and unsustainable.