Quebec, Canada: Whoever doesn't get vaccinated pays extra for health care!
Quebec, Canada's second-largest province, intends to force adults who refuse to be vaccinated against COVID-19 to pay a "health contribution." The measure was announced with all the risks that could stimulate a debate on individual rights and social responsibility.
Prime Minister Francois Legault told reporters at a news briefing on Tuesday that the proposal, details of which are still being finalized, will not apply to those who cannot be vaccinated for medical reasons.
Unvaccinated people place an additional financial burden on others, and the provincial finance ministry sets a "significant" amount that unvaccinated residents should pay, Legault said, adding that such an amount would not be less than $ 100. Canadians ($ 79,50).
Governments globally have imposed restrictions on unvaccinated people and few have imposed fines on those who reduce vaccination, but a major tax on all unvaccinated adults could be a rare and controversial move. This measure is certainly controversial, still undefined, but it has already outraged many Canadians. We can say that it would be a dramatic action!
But Canada's provinces are experiencing an exponential increase in COVID-19 cases, forcing tens of thousands of people to isolate themselves, and the health sector is collapsing. Quebec was one of the hardest hit, regularly reporting the highest number of coronavirus cases in all provinces and having a "suffocated" health care system.
"The vaccine is the key to fighting the virus. That's why we're looking for a health contribution for adults who refuse to be vaccinated for non-medical reasons, "said Legault. He also said that although the province has about 10% unvaccinated people, they represent about 50% of those in intensive care units.