YES. [I suggest] for adults possibly an annual
maximum of four free visits per year before
a fee is charged. As adults we need to be proactive in keeping ourselves healthy: no smoking, regular exercise, and eating and drinking
in moderation. ;e reality is everything has a
cost. Health care is no di;erent.
T. Foster Jones’ article was superb, well written
and had a lot of valuable information. The encouragement, which was palpable, is also much
appreciated. Having Costco’s blessing/support
has energized us!
Delta, British Columbia
Debate goes on
In response to the July/August
Debate, “Should patients have
to pay a $25 fee per doctor
NO. The government is so incredibly inefficient it will probably cost us $30 to collect
each $25 fee.
NO. Not too long ago, I thought we would
need user fees. However, a recent discussion
with my family doctor has caused me to
change my mind. I told the doctor that people
often go to the emergency room for all kinds
of reasons, and sometimes for frivolous reasons such as a headache. He said: What if this
headache was the start of meningitis? Or
worse, what if a patient goes to the emergency
room for a headache, doesn’t have the $25 for
the fee, is refused treatment and dies the next
day! This would be tragic, wouldn’t it? Let’s
opt for better education and a good triage service in the emergency ward!
Thank you, too, for mentioning the
MOMpreneur® magazine. Our website visits
spiked, as did our magazine sales, and we
believe this was largely due to your feature.
No doubt, the other Mompreneurs also experienced a similar surge for which they, too,
are most grateful.
Frances Wright, CEO
YES. ;is is what I have been thinking since
I learned that 42 per cent of all tax revenue in
Ontario is spent on health. Twenty-;ve dollars is not an onerous amount, and if a person
can show an income tax form showing an income of $25,000 or less (indexed in following
years) then they should pay either nothing or
less. I totally agree that the citizens of Canada
should have to pay a co-pay whenever they
see a doctor. ;is includes visits to emergency
wards. I strongly believe that these actions
have to be taken before the system collapses
on itself from the bulge of upcoming seniors
I enjoy the informed debate portion of
your magazine. However, in the May/June
edition, one of your experts, Benet Davetian,
makes an incorrect statement. He states, in
part, “In reality we are 12 territories with different health and education systems.” The last
time I checked we have 10 provinces and three
territories. In my basic math this adds up to 13
territories, not 12.
YES. We should do it as soon as possible to
prevent the further erosion of our health-care
system. ;is alone is only part of what should
be implemented. We should also run health
care as a business to ensure that the delivery of
health care is as e;cient as could be expected
in any business. We, as a country, must make
decisions that are unpalatable now to ensure a
great future for following generations.
Yellowknife, Northwest Territories
Abbotsford, British Columbia
Odds and ends
First Name Middle Initial
NO. As a mother of four daughters, I have
made many doctor visits.;Quite often moms
are labelled as worriers, taking their children
to the clinic whether it;is truly necessary or
not. However, it is better to be safe than sorry.
Everyone;should be entitled to care, regardless of whether they can or cannot afford a
Magazine means a lot to moms
Thank you very much for featuring Mompreneurs in your May/June Costco Connection.
Saturna Island, British Columbia
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