In the province, the public plan covers one eye exam per year for young people 19 years of age and under, people 65 years of age and over and those suffering from certain diseases such as diabetes and glaucoma.
According to their association, the province paid $ 39.15 to optometrists for an exam in 1989. This rate is now $ 44.65, which means, according to the group, that optometrists must bear 45% of the actual cost themselves. .
The Association of Optometrists maintains that after
years of underfunding, its members will have no choice but to stop offering this service unless the province agrees to enter into legally binding negotiations on the issue.
The Ministry of Health says it is in discussions with the Association of Optometrists and that patients are its priority in these negotiations.
Its spokesperson Bill Campbell assures us that the government will continue to fund examinations covered by health insurance.
Any decision regarding the withdrawal of services will be made by the Association of Optometrists of Ontario only.