Add the Surrey Board of Trade to the growing list of groups asking the province to scrap MSP premiums.
Surrey BOT CEO Anita Huberman says changing the system would help eliminate the financial burden on employers, the self-employed and retirees, as well as those associated with premium assistance.
“The MSP in its current form is a cost driver for employers, and in that sense it actually poses problems. B.C. is the only province in the country to levy a health care premium.”
Instead, the Board is asking for the province to roll health care payments into general taxation.
“We’re asking for the current MSP premium system to be abolished, and implementing a line item to the provincial income tax.”
Back in February, the province changed the MSP premium formula, broadening the eligibility for premium assistance… but raising rates for everyone else.
Around the same time, a petition calling on the province to scrap the system collected more than 70,000 signatures.
In April, an FOI by the Canadian Taxpayer’s Federation found the province had written off more than $340-million in debt from uncollected MSP premiums.