MPP Burch has been fighting to Save Ontario Eye Care so OHIP-covered services can resume. If you would like to join him in this fight sign our petition below.
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Petitions: MPP Burch reviews Eye-Care petitions
Question Period: Jeff Burch (Niagara Centre) urged the Ford government to stop dragging its feet and restore OHIP-funded eye care services
Member Statement: MPP Burch Member statement urging Ontario Government to Save Eye Care
To The Legislative Assembly of Ontario:
WHEREAS the Ontario government has underfunded optometric eye care for 30 years; and
WHEREAS optometrists now subsidize the delivery of OHIP-covered eye care by $173M a year; and
WHEREAS COVID-19 forced optometrists to close their doors resulting in a 75%-plus drop in revenue; and
WHEREAS optometrists will see patient volumes reduced between 40% and 60% resulting in more than two million comprehensive eye exams being wiped out over the next 12 months; and
WHEREAS communities across Ontario are in danger of losing access to optometric care;
We the undersigned petition the Legislative Assembly of Ontario as follows: To instruct the Ontario government to immediately establish a timetable and a process for renewed negotiations concerning optometry fees.