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Lower MSP premiums under new budget, but NDP say it’s too little

Lower MSP premiums under new budget, but NDP say it’s too little

Finance Minister Mike de Jong tabled a budget features several changes to BC’s Medical Services Plan payment system.

The MSP payment plan has come under scrutiny recently as critics say the tiered payment system is unfair and overly burdens those with lower incomes.

de Jong says the changes to the plan under the new budget mean more people will be eligible for reduced rates as well as getting rid of payments for children.

But NDP MLA Doug Donaldson says it comes too late.

He adds that MSP premiums have gone up only to fill the LNG Prosperity Fund.

Donaldson says while the province can boast a balanced budget and a triple-A credit rating, those have come at a cost, citing school closures, and the raising of BC Hydro and ICBC rates.

He does praise the Liberals for increasing the Ministry of Children of Family Development’s budget, but notes that ministry’s budget is still 11% behind what it was 15 years ago when the Liberals first took power.

Adding that 1 in 5 BC children continue to live in poverty while the top 2% of income earners were given a tax break last year.

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