Hospital beds full of subsidized patients

The people most likely to need an ambulance are the least able to pay.

Re: “$25-per-month wheelchair fee is only fair,” Letters, The Leader, June 18.

I do not know if letter writer Marg Novak thinks she is speaking for all “seniors.”

My wife and I still travel, socialize, have two cars plus a motorhome, and wear stylish clothes. True, we don’t need them but we still want them. We are “seniors,” not dead. We are both near our mid-70s and very much alive.

We are not rich, and live on our pensions. It always strikes me strange that government agencies are always willing to charge the people who are least able to pay, i.e. seniors – the very people who helped build our country, while at the same time subsidizing people who have never paid into our health scheme or paid taxes.

In the last few months, I have had to pay $400 in ambulance fees, cheap at the price but still an added burden. The people most likely to need an ambulance are the least able to pay. I could not help but notice on these visits to the hospital how many of the beds are full with the said subsidized people.

 

Gordon Drage

Surrey

Surrey North Delta Leader

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