SHOULD QUEBEC HAVE DROPPED THE DOCTOR’S FEE?

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?

4 Comments »

  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.

  2. 2
    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.

  3. 3

    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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