Tuesday, March 13, 2007

The thin edge of the wedge?

Hope so. Alberta is making it easier to opt out of the public health monopoly.

"This is a housekeeping thing to reduce paperwork and to reduce the amount of forms that need to be filled out," said Howard May.

In Alberta, 255 people opted out of medicare this year. Opting out means you don't have to pay health-care premiums in Alberta, but that you will pay the full cost of any health service.

Bill 5, introduced in the legislature on Thursday, will not only make it possible for Albertans to exempt themselves from medicare once every three years, but allow them to opt out at any point in the year.

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