B8: Medical Services Plan Premiums

Year
2015
Category
Health
NCLGA Ref#
B8

Status

NCLGA Executive Recommendation: No Recommendation | Withdrawn

Details

WHEREAS "Family First" has been identified as being a top priority for the Provincial Government,

AND WHEREAS the poverty rate in BC is the worst in Canada yet medical service plan rates are charged to those individuals who have an adjusted net income of $22,001 which is a financial burden on both the working poor and seniors,

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the North Central Local Government Association be requested to petition the UBCM to request the Province of BC to repeal the medical services plan rate thus providing free health care to BC residents.

Responses

The UBCM membership has not previously considered a resolution requesting that the provincial government “repeal” the medical services plan (MSP) rate. However, members endorsed resolution 2012-B42, which called on the Province to end MSP premiums for seniors and to bear any associated costs. In its response to the resolution the Province expressed reluctance to implement age-based exemptions from MSP premiums. Instead, the provincial government suggested that income-based exemptions, with consideration for family type, would ensure fairness in assisting individuals in need.