Ontario Optometrists to Resume Eye Exams for Children and Seniors While Labor Action Stops | The Canadian News

TORONTO – Optometrists in Ontario say they will begin resuming eye exams for children and seniors on Tuesday.

Optometrists withdrew provincially insured eye services on Sept. 1 in a funding dispute with the province.

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The Ontario Association of Optometrists says in a statement today that it has agreed to enter into formal negotiations with the Ministry of Health.

It says “as a sign of good faith” that it will stop its labor action as of Tuesday.

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Ontario Minister Willing to Discuss Optometrist Costs, But Won’t Write a ‘Blank Check’

Optometrists say the province has been underfunding OHIP-covered services, leaving them paying about 45 percent out of pocket.

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Health Minister Christine Elliott has said the government has committed to paying $ 39 million in retroactive costs and is prepared to increase reimbursement by 8.48 percent in the future, but optometrists say no proposal is enough to cover your costs.

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