Letter: Fixed rate health care premiums are unfair

Editor: As someone who has been paying health care premiums monthly for the past year, I have firsthand experience on how the need for change on fixed rate premiums is crucial.

The current medical services premiums are unfair to working people.

Health care premiums in British Columbia have been favouring higher income individuals and families by having set fees.

This economic policy allows people who are making a larger amount of income to pay the same amount for health care premiums as someone who makes much less.

The government has been keeping the rich, rich, and the poor, poor using this system.

It isn’t fair for individuals making $30,000 a year to pay the same premium as someone who makes $130,000 a year.

A more appropriate system to collect health care premiums would be to charge the fee based on a percentage of the individual’s income on the previous year instead of an arbitrary flat rate.

As someone who is in this bracket right now, I believe the majority of the middle class would be more satisfied with their government for changing the health care premium fee system which would result in citizens having more money in their pocket, which would result in a better quality of life for our citizens.

Paul Chalkman,

Langley