I support public health care and the B.C. government’s crackdown on private clinics and unlawful private fees in order to protect patients, says letter writer. STOCK PHOTO

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Two-tier health care is not wanted

Letter writers support public health care

To the editor,

I support public health care and the B.C. government’s crackdown on private clinics and unlawful private fees in order to protect patients.

The province’s plan to clean up unlawful private billing, combined with the new surgical and diagnostic imaging strategy to drive down wait times in the public system, will mean patients will get faster access to care without facing steep private fees.

D’Arcy Richardson, Nanaimo

To the editor,

My family has always received great care from the public health care system. We have never been convinced that wait times for such a necessary service could be improved by the addition of private clinics charging high fees to those who can afford it while still sharing the services of the limited number of doctors in the public system.

Thankfully the NDP government has acted on this reality and instead has added more funds through the surgical and diagnostic imaging strategy to speed up publicly funded surgeries for everyone based on need. Allowing illegal private clinics and extra billing has cost B.C fines levied by the federal government.

Liz Fox, Lantzville


The views and opinions expressed in this letter to the editor are those of the author and do not reflect the views of Black Press or the Nanaimo News Bulletin. If you have a different view, we encourage you to write to us or contribute to the discussion below.

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