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Optometrists threaten to refuse OHIP-covered eye exams because of lack of government funding

Toronto — Ontario optometrists say they will stop accepting OHIP for covered eye exams due to lack of government funding.

Currently, OHIP targets annual eye exams for people under the age of 20, over the age of 65, and with certain medical conditions.

The Ontario Optometrists Association states that 70% of patients fall into these categories and receive more than 4 million services annually under OHIP.

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Under the government budget, optometrists will cover 45% of the cost of OHIP-insured eye exams.

The group states that optometrists will withdraw OHIP services from September unless the government agrees to negotiate.

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Dr. Sheldon Saraba, president of the group, said the clinic cannot maintain its current budget as it bears costs such as labor, rent, equipment and utilities.


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Optometrists threaten to refuse OHIP-covered eye exams because of lack of government funding

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