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Visually disabled in the Ontario Disability Support Program: Trends in socio-demographics, financial support and use of vision care benefit from 2003 to 2013

TitleVisually disabled in the Ontario Disability Support Program: Trends in socio-demographics, financial support and use of vision care benefit from 2003 to 2013
Year of Publication2018
AuthorsJin, Y., Liu S. Y., Buys Y. M., Khan A., and Trope G. E.
JournalInvestigative Ophthalmology and Visual Science
Volume59
Pages5181
Abstract

Purpose : To report on the trends from 2003-2013 in financial support provided by the Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP) to visually disabled (VD) individuals and describe changes in socio-demographics of recipients and their use of vision care benefits over the same time period. Methods : ODSP administrative data were analyzed. VD individuals aged 18+ were identified using ICD-9 codes. Diabetes was both excluded and included as a part of the VD definition in analyses. All financial values were converted to 2013 Canadian dollars (CAD). Results : Over 11 years, the total number of VD recipients increased from 3,370 in 2003 to 4,250 in 2013, representing a 26% increase when diabetes was excluded. After adjusting for the effect of age, the number of VD recipients increased from 35 in 2003 to 39 in 2013 per 100,000 population (p

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