British Columbia is set to roll out a colonial internal health insurance program, according to the British Columbia Civil Liberties Association.
The provincial government is expected to unveil the program at a meeting on Thursday at the legislature.
It’s part of a package of reforms proposed by the Liberal government.
The changes would create an individualized plan for individuals and families.
According to the Civil Liberties Act, “private health insurance coverage is not mandatory, but can be provided through private insurers.”
The new insurance program would provide health coverage to people in the province, though not to all citizens.
The government would pay for the coverage through tax dollars.
Under the current system, the provincial government takes a percentage of all premium revenue from premiums and pays the remaining amount to individuals.
Under the new plan, the province would pay the full cost of the plan, not just the portion paid to individuals, the British Columbian Civil Liberties Union said in a news release.
Under this new program, the government would cover premiums up to $4,000 per year for people over 65.
It’s not clear what the provincial health insurance plan would look like.
In recent years, British Columbia has taken a tough line against insurance companies offering health insurance, which is seen as an attempt to increase profits by limiting competition.
The provincial Liberals have promised to increase health spending to the point where private insurers no longer have a significant share of health care spending.
The new program would likely mean a cut to those plans.