Changes to how patients who receive social assistance will access coverage for eye exams

Effective December 1, 2016, most patients receiving social assistance (ODSP or OW) will no longer be issued a paper drug card as proof of social assistance eligibility. Instead, optometrists can accept other forms of proof of eligibility – such as the patient’s monthly Statement of Assistance (SOA) – to confirm eligibility for coverage for periodic oculo-visual assessments (POVAs).

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