By a narrow margin (50 to 48) the Canadian Medical Association has for now rejected medical user- fees.
Doctors against user-fees argued that fees collected from patients at the time they visit doctors and hospitals diminish access to the medical system. While such fees decrease unnecessary visits e.g. to hospital emergency wards, they disproportionately effect patients with fewer resources.
Those in favour of medical fees argued that patients should help fund their own care with “co-payments and health savings accounts.” These accounts would act like registered retirement savings plans, enabling people to stash savings in tax sheltered accounts, to be spent on medical items like home care, long-term care and prescription drugs. Also it was pointed out that budget restraints mean new medical technologies and the latest drugs are not covered by provincial governments.
Should Canadians be allowed to save for their retirement and for education in tax-sheltered plans, but not for health care?
Do you support some kind of medical user-fees?