Hon. Christine Elliot
Ontario Minister of Health
College Park 5th Flr
777 Bay St.
Toronto, ON M7A 2J3
Re: OHIP insured optometry services
September 15, 2021
Dear Minister Elliot,
Your government’s inability to reach an agreement with Ontario optometrists is having significant negative impacts on my constituents. The people in Essex have been reaching out to my office to express their utter frustration with this government’s handling of this issue as well as share stories of being unable to see their optometrists for OHIP insured services and I share their frustration.
As a result of this impasse between your government and optometrists, more patients are having to attend clinics and/or the hospital for their eye care issues. I would hope that, as the Minister of Health, you would appreciate the problems that arise when you send more patients to walk-in clinics and the hospital in the middle of pandemic with rising cases of the Delta variant. This is putting unnecessary and increasing pressure on a system that is already thread bare and complicated by public health measures.
You have a responsibility to the people of this province to ensure the delivery of OHIP insured health services to ALL of the people of Ontario. Your government’s failure to put together a fair deal and settle this impasse is unacceptable. The people of Ontario and my riding of Essex deserve better.
I am demanding that you and the Premier personally intervene and negotiate in good faith to restore these desperately needed services to the Ontarians who pay for them.
Taras Natyshak MPP Essex
CC Premier Doug Ford