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BC Poverty Reduction Coalition Submission to the MSP Task Force

The BC Poverty Reduction Coalition made a submission to the MSP Task Force about how the BC government can replace MSP revenues, increase fairness in society and improve the health of British Columbians.

  • The BC government should replace the foregone MSP revenue with a combination of personal and business taxes based on the Ontario approach and modelling conducted by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA-BC).[1]
  • The remaining 50 per cent of MSP premiums should be eliminated entirely in Budget 2019/20. Ontario and Alberta both ended health care premiums in one budget cycle.
  • There should be no overall loss of provincial revenue as a result of the end of MSP fees in order to ensure that public health care services are not negatively affected.
  • All outstanding debt should be waived in recognition that this is an unfair tax that overburdens low-income families. Maintaining the collection of this debt would continue this inequity.

Click here to read the full submission.

[1] Ivanova 2016, 5.