The Premier put fuel on the fire for those who are lobbying for wholesale changes to an MSP labelled as unfair.
Christy Clark was asked what changes to MSP we might see in next week’s budget and dropped this bombshell…
“Here is the thing about the MSP system is it is antiquated, it is old, and the way people pay for it generally doesn’t make a whole tonne of sense so therefore it is really hard to try and make the sensible changes that we need to do.”
So what changes are coming in next week’s budget?
“And you’ll see a few more incremental changes. I think in terms of wholesale change though, it’s going to take a little longer for us to work through some of that. But you will see some things in this budget.”
“We’re not in the budget planning to do anything that hasn’t already been annouced. We’re only – at this point, what we’re planning is some relief.”
Judy Darcy says Christy Clark’s government could change the way MSP is collected today if they wanted to.
“Of course the B.C. Government has the power to change it other provinces have done it. They need to be prepared to look at a fair tax system, not one that penalizes people and that has someone earning $30,000 a year paying the same as someone who earns $3 million. That makes no sense.”
Darcy says MSP premiums barely even scratch BC’s $19 billion health budget, and its time the premium was abolished.