Were you aware that health costs in Quebec will soon pass $100 million a day?

To try to relieve this enormous drain on the treasury the Charest government proposed a $25 dollar fee each time one sees a doctor.  This user fee would raise $500 million a year.

There was a great deal of public  opposition to this user fee.  Doctors and nurses federations said it would discourage people who need medical attention from seeing a doctor.

The PQ health critic noted that peopole needing medical attention for cancer or a chronic disease – and even pregnant women – would be forced to pay for every visit to their doctor.

She also pointed out that the fee amounts to a  regresive tax.  Millionaires would pay the same fee as paupers.

Yet rising health costs must be paid for somehow.

Should Quebec have dropped the doctor’s fee?

What do you think?


  1. 1
    Barbara Says:

    It should be noted that there will be a fee built into the income tax, starting at 25$ and mounting to over 200$ in a year or so.

    I agree with the critics of the proposed fee. It would not discourage frivolous use of medical facilities, but punish those most in need of medical attention.

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    jim Says:

    40% of the people in this province are not paying income tax. In that the taxpayers pay their medicare thru their income tax return, it means that 60% of the taxpayers are also paying for the 40% who do not remit.
    P.S. I think the province backed off because the Feds told them to do so.

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    I am not “au courant” about Medicaire in Quebec these days.

    Do they still allow private clinics? My late father used one in 2003 when he had a stroke and needed some sort of scan…he had a choice: wait four months or have it done the next day at a private clinic for $400.00 (he chose the latter).

  4. Reblogged this on Exchange and commented:

    Here we read Neil’s query about provincial health issues

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