There are some big changes to OHIP in September 2021 - IMPORTANT!
Personal message from Dr Jason Morris
I want to personally thank you for visiting and welcome to our optometry practice.
This is an important announcement for those with OHIP eye care coverage. This applies to patients that are over 65 - under twenty or are diabetic.
As you may have heard in the media, it is a frustrating time for both OHIP funded patients and all Optometry practices in Ontario. With over 25 years of neglect, the current OHIP system for Optometry is broken.
Despite a decade of attempts from Optometrists, multiple Ontario governments have failed Ontarians and neglected your vision care. This once wonderful system of care is no longer viable ... and unfortunately is no longer accepted by Ontario association of Optometrists members as of September 1st 2021.
If you find this unacceptable.... as we do... There are several things that we can do together. The Ontario association of Optometrists have a great website with information and petition information. This is at saveeyecare.ca
We have a petition in office to sign that is regularly delivered to our local MPP. I encourage you to call (519 668 1104) our local London Fanshawe riding NDP Minister of Provincial Parliament Teresa Armstrong … And voice your frustration.
There have been over 200 thousand petitions and letters submitted but more public pressure is is required to get this system fixed so that we can go back to the work that I love doing... Caring for you and your visionWe are still open for urgent eye care (with and without OHIP) as well as non-OHIP and private insurance patients. However there are some days in September that we will be closed. September 2,3 and 26,27,28,29. If we are closed and this is an ocular emergency... please report to St Joe's Urgent Care or Emergency Department.
Your eye care is worth saving.
Every day optometrists take pride in helping our patients see clearly and preventing blindness. But today we need your help.
For over 30 years, the Ontario government has refused to formally negotiate with optometrists.
In 1989, the Ontario government paid $39.15 for an eye exam.
In 2021, 32 years later, they pay an average of $44.65.
This amount does not come close to covering the cost (including rent, staff, utilities, equipment, taxes and supplies) to provide an eye exam.
This is not sustainable and yet the Ontario government continues to ignore your care.
They have left optometrists with no choice. If they do not prioritize eye care, as of September 1, 2021, access to eye care for millions of Ontarians will end.
Optometrists cannot accept payment for insurance services so you cannot pay or use private insurance for eye care. Eyecare for seniors, diabetics and kids has stopped.
We have made it easy for you to let your MPP know about this impossible position
Please chat below or call us at 519-681-3670 for more information
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