A petition calling for the province to to abolish MSP premiums that garnered more than 65,000 signatures will be presented in the B.C. legislature tomorrow.
The petition, which was started in mid-December by Michelle Coulter in Ucluelet, calls for fees for health insurance to be tied to income and collected at tax time.
“Given that 90% 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!!”
B.C. is the only province in Canada to use flat-rate premiums to fund its healthcare system.
Advocates of the change say the system unfairly penalizes lower paid workers, who are paying a larger portion of their income for health care.
The movement to change the system gathered steam last month, after rates jumped to $75 for singles, $144 for a family of two, and $150 for a family of three of more.
Green party leader Andrew Weaver has also called on the province to scrap the premiums.
The province is expected to announce changes to the MSP program in next week’s budget that would exempt single parents from paying premiums for their children.