Klazu, My anger in that regard is directed at the bureaucracy involved. How much of that 75$/mo is paying a bunch of people who's only job is to collect it? You'd be given the impression that the BC Government wanted to privatize the entire medical system, and instead only got away with outsourcing collecting this, only to have privacy concerns about the US company that it was outsourced to, and not saving any money. http://bc.ctvnews.ca/outsourcing-hea...itor-1.1177007
Originally Posted by casper
Wrong thread, but I agree completely the MSP system is a complete waste of effort and needs to go. BC is the only province in Canada that has such a system. It should be paid out of general tax revenue. The idea of setting up a separate agency to collect it not very good.
As an employer I hate dealing with the MSP people when onboarding a new employee. You don't know what the fees will be (obviously something the employee want to know). For privacy reasons they don't want to talk to employeers about a plan member. They don't want to talk to the plan member. My last interaction with them consisted of waiting 45 minutes on hold, entering a bunch of numbers to be told that they are not allowed to deal with my staff member issue because I phoned the member 1-800 number and not the plan administrator 1-800 number and it asked different automated questions to validate who I am. Since I entered through the wrong path there is nothing that can be done and I should hang up and call using the other number. Just resorted to sending them a fax. Fax communication works best with systems such as this.
There is good reason no other province in Canada has such a bureaucratic system for collecting such small sums of money.
The money that is saved by getting rid of all the premium collection wages could be spent on nurses. Far more effective.
Exactly. Let's focus on need instead of "eligibility" busywork. People would not apply for things if they didn't need/want them. Since everyone needs medical services, apply it at the income tax level and get rid of the MSP bureaucracy. Like just to apply for a MSP discount requires knowing the tax information, so the logical place for the MSP is on the income taxes.
Now apply that idea to Transit services. All you should have to do, is ask for a transit card, and when you file your income taxes, the same information used to decide if a transit pass should be subsidized is the same information already used if you should have medical services subsidized based on income. Since the Compass card collects data on use, it could also be applied in reverse, where you get a tax slip (online) where the total amount and mode-share traveled is used to calculate how much you actually pay/write-off.