Establish a Timeline for Optometry Negotiations
To The Legislative Assembly of Ontario:
WHEREAS the Ontario government has underfunded optometric eye care for 30 years;
AND WHEREAS the government only pays on average $44.65 for an OHIP-insured visit - the lowest rate in Canada.
AND WHEREAS optometrists are being forced to pay substantially out of their own pocket to provide over 4 million services each year to Ontarians under OHIP.
AND WHEREAS optometrists have never been given a formal negotiation process with the government.
AND WHEREAS the government’s continued neglect resulted in 96% of Ontario optometrists voting to withdraw OHIP services beginning September 1, 2021.
We the undersigned petition the Legislative Assembly of Ontario as follows:
To instruct the Ontario government to immediately commit to legally-binding, formal negotiations to ensure any future OHIP-insured optometry services are, at a minimum, funded at the cost of delivery.
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