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Access, provision, and cost of routine eye care: A comparison of Oregon optometrists and ophthalmologists

1 May 1993


A study was conducted among optometrists and ophthalmologists that practice in Oregon to measure the differences in several characteristics associated with the provision of routine eye exams, specifically: (1) fees, (2) availability of visual field testing, (3) appointment availability, (4) acceptance of Medicare, and {5) acceptance of Medicaid. A sample of the populations' offices were phoned, a short interview completed, and demographics assessed. Significant differences were found in routine exam fees and availability, provision and fees for visual field testing, and Medicare and/or Medicaid acceptance. Access to optometric care is greater as measured by number of providers, appointment availability and cost. Therefore, optometrists are more accessible and cost effective than other vision care providers.


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