Editor: “As doctors, it is our number one priority to advocate and defend our patients’ right to quality health care.”
This is a statement issued on Aug. 17 by Dr. Sheldon Salaba, president of the Ontario Association of Optometrists.
This statement appears to be contrary to the actions that the Association has taken. Many optometrist members have withdrawn their services from people that will have dire consequences as a result of not being able to get the services they require.
Some optometrists are still providing service as usual, and they should be applauded. We need to recognize that optometrists’ standard of living is well above the average and has been for most of the 30 years that this issue has been argued.
Using patients as pawns in the Association’s political battle with the province is a cruel tactic that should be viewed with disdain. It gives the appearance that what this is about is more money in the pockets of optometrists at the expense of the patients they think they need to represent.
I believe their number one priority should be to provide quality health care. Their second priority could be to support their patients in advocating and defending health care.