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Canada has a universal publicly funded health care system. Canadian citizens and residents can access medically necessary hospital and physician services for free through their provincial public health programs.
International visitors and non-residents from other countries are not covered by Canada’s government health programs. You are expected to pay for health care in Canada out of your own pocket. Medical treatment can be very expensive without a proper health insurance coverage.
Atlas Travel Medical Insurance is a visitor health insurance policy designed to provide medical and travel benefits, as well as emergency travel assistance to international travelers. You get access to quality care and are protected against the costs that can incur from unexpected medical and travel emergencies.
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Atlas Travel Medical Insurance includes Emergency Eye Exam coverage.
Emergency Eye Exam means an eye exam performed by a licensed optometrist to establish proper corrective lens prescription for medically necessary corrective lenses that were lost or damaged as the result of a covered loss when the prescription is unable to be determined by the existing corrective lenses due to their damage or loss. Atlas insurance pays for the cost of eye exam to obtain a lens prescription, up to the amount indicated in the Schedule of Benefits and Limits.
Optometrists are primary eye care providers who can examine, diagnose and treat eye and visual system diseases and disorders. Canadian optometrists usually hold a Doctor of Optometry (OD) degree. Optometrists can perform vision tests and eye exams, fit and dispense eyeglasses and contact lenses. They also provide basic eye care, assist in identifying general health conditions that are detected through an eye exam (e.g. diabetes).
After you get a prescription from an optometrist, an optician can help you to find eyeglasses or contact lenses that are the best match for you. Atlas insurance does not cover the replacement cost of prescription corrective lenses or contact lenses.
Canadian optometrists can set their own service fees. Eye exam costs are determined by the region, the optometrist’s level of expertise, the equipment used, and other factors. You can expect to pay from CA$50~$200 for an eye exam.
You will be required to pay the optometrist at the time of service. You should collect the optometrist’s name, address, original itemized bills that document what medical services are provided to you and the cost for each service. You can file a claim to HCC-MIS to request reimbursement for eligible medical expenses you have paid.
Atlas travel medical insurance does not restrict your right to select the hospital, physician or other medical service provider. You can get eye exam from an optometrist of your choice.
In Canada most optometrists work in private practices, others work in optical goods stores, hospitals or medical clinics. You can find optometric practices in large retail chains such as Wal-mart or Costco. Usually you will schedule an appointment for eye exam. Some optometrists accept walk-ins for eye exam.
You can use Canadian Association of Optometrists Find a Doc tool to find an optometrist near you, and call for an appointment.