Change.org is hosting a petition calling on the BC Premier to abolish MSP premiums. While BC currently ranks in the lower part of the income tax spectrum when compared to other provinces and territories, the monthly MSP premiums are not included in that number. The other provinces and territories include health care in their annual income tax. Following is the content from the Change.Org petition. By this morning, there were 66,407 signatures of the 75,000 needed.
British Columbia stands alone — the only Canadian province to charge head-tax-like premiums for health care coverage.
It seems clear that B.C. should follow the lead of other provinces in eliminating its flat-rate MSP premiums!
Since MSP premiums are a form of tax, they should be assessed by thestandard criteria for taxation policy.
Given that 90 per cent of public health care costs already come from general revenues, B.C. has ample precedent for replacing its head tax with broader sources, and not becoming a Canadian outlier.
It is time for British Columbia to follow the rest of the country and Abolish the MSP Premiums!!