There is an urgent need to modernize vision care benefits plans to improve eye health among the Canadian workforce.
Vision care benefits in Canada are outdated with most plans not effectively harnessing the important clinical- and cost-effective advancements in optometric modalities, diagnostics, treatments and interventions which improve health outcomes, preserve vision and delay or earlier diagnose other impairments and disability.
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In order to guide the modernization of vision care benefits, a comprehensive Best Practices Guide has been developed to support and guide insurance providers, benefit advisors and plan sponsors in modernizing vision care benefits.
We encourage you to explore this Guide in conjunction with the white paper: Vision Care Benefits in Canada & the Case for Reform and take action.
This Guide reflects best practice examination and treatment techniques, to optimally protect and improve vision and eye health within vision care and extended healthcare benefits for plan members and their dependents, broad recommendations on allowances and plan design options suitable for a range of budgets.
Specifically, this Guide discusses:
- Eye Health & Vision Care Best Practices: A summary of the best available evidence and guidelines for access to routine eye health and vision care exams for various populations to optimally support vision health of plan members and their dependents.
- Coverage of Vision Care Services in Canada: An overview of the current vision care benefits landscape in Canada.
- Fee Ranges for Optometry Services in Canada: Guidance concerning the range of fees which may be appropriate for many standard optometry services throughout Canada.
- Recommended Plan Designs: Three variations of vision care plan designs which could be implemented to protect and improve eye health and vision among the Canadian workforce.
- Actuarial Impact of Plan Design Modernization: This section summarizes results of actuarial analyses which estimated the cost impact of implementing the recommended plan designs outlined in the previous section. The actuarial analyses estimated the impact of each plan design on each a small, medium and large-sized Canadian employer.