Health care premium hike: The increase to affect many families

More than 500,000 families in the province will see one of the largest ever hikes in the health premiums on January 1, 2017 according to NDP leader John Horgan.

BC New Democrats are calling for an end to Medical Services Plan premiums, accusing the Liberal government of tinkering with them instead.

“Medical premiums are an unfair tax on an already struggling middle class,” John Horgan stated in a press release. “Now Christy Clark is sneaking in another 10 per cent increase on half a million families while claiming she is doing the opposite.”

While the full premium rate for a single adult will remain at $75 next year, the rate for a couple paying the full shot will climb to $150 on Jan. 1. That will increase the premium by $168 per calendar year for those couples, said the NDP.

Horgan accused the premier of “targeting seniors and young couples.”

“Clark thinks senior couples living on fixed incomes, and young people who are just starting their professional lives don’t deserve a break,” said Horgan. “It’s time we eliminated MSP for good. No more of Christy Clark’s tinkering around the edges.”