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Significant disparities in eyeglass insurance coverage in Canada

TitleSignificant disparities in eyeglass insurance coverage in Canada
Year of Publication2018
AuthorsNgo, G., Trope G. E., Buys Y. M., and Jin Y-P.
JournalCanadian Journal of Ophthalmology
Pages260 - 265

Objective To describe patterns of access to eyeglass insurance by Canadians. Design A population-based, cross-sectional survey. Participants A total of 134 072 respondents to the Canadian Community Health Survey 2003 who were aged =>12 years. Methods We compared self-reported insurance coverage for eyeglasses or contact lenses provided by private, government, or employer-paid plans. Results Overall, 55.0% of Canadians aged =>12 years had insurance that covers all or part of the costs of optical correction. School-age children (63.3%) and individuals aged 20–39 years (55.9%) and 40–64 years (59.5%) had higher coverage rates than seniors (aged =>65 years) (33.8%, p

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