While Covid restrictions are being eased in many places, others are experiencing an uptick in cases and hospitalizations. Quebec, which has had the highest number of Covid-related deaths in Canada, is currently one of the places experiencing a surge.
Data shows that, by January, about 85% of Quebec residents had received at least one dose of the vaccine. But the 13% of unvaccinated residents make up about a third of all hospitalizations.
Recently the premier of Quebec, Francois Legault, announced that Quebec would be the first city in the nation to impose a financial penalty on the unvaccinated, saying that residents who have not received at least their first dose would have to pay a "contribution."
After some backlash Legault took back his statement, stating, "My role is to try to bring Quebecers together to stay united. This is why we won't go ahead with the health contribution, I understand that this divides Quebecers and right now we need to build bridges."
So the province of Quebec will no longer be levying this tax against unvaccinated residents … but what if major cities did make the decision to do this?
Reading about Quebec’s latest move got us wondering …
? If the government wants to encourage people to get vaccinated: Is it better to mandate vaccines, or to refrain from vaccine mandates but ask unvaccinated people to cover the costs of any medical care they incur as a result of being unvaccinated?
? The United States spends more per capita than any other nation on health care – including $1.5 trillion on chronic diseases such as diabetes and heart disease. Knowing that unhealthy lifestyle factors (poor diet, lack of exercise, etc.) contribute to these chronic diseases … Should smokers, people with sedentary lifestyles, heavy drinkers, or heavy sugar consumers be forced to pay a health care tax to help offset the costs of their medical care?
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