Paying when it's your fault | Knowledge.ca
BC debates who should cover the costs of preventable injuries.
Personal Responsibility
A hiker goes out of bounds on a local trail
and injures herself. She is airlifted to hospital
and treated at a cost of $7,000.
Who should cover the bill?
  • The hiker
  • The health-care system

Who should cover the bill?

An uninsured street racer loses control of his car
and slams into a tree.
He receives emergency surgery at a cost of $40,000.
Should he
be billed
for his operation?
  • Yes
  • No

Should he be billed for his operation?

Should health-care user fees be introduced for those
negatively impacting
their health, such as
smokers or drug users?
  • Yes
  • No

Should health-care user fees be introduced for those negatively impacting their health, such as smokers or drug users?

Should patients at fault have to pay
more for their health care?
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