The Canadian province of Quebec is considering imposing an ispecial tax for people who are not vaccinated against covid-19, due to “the consequences” that the cost of caring for patients who have refused to receive vaccines entails for the provincial health system.
Quebec’s proposal, unveiled on Tuesday by the provincial prime minister, Francois Legault, comes just days after Canadian Health Minister Jean-Yves Duclos declared that the Canadian provinces they have to consider making vaccination mandatory against covid-19.
Legault affirmed this Tuesday in a press conference that the attitude of the anti-vaccines has “consequences” for the health system and It is not fair that the rest of Quebecers have to pay for their refusal.
The Québécois prime minister added that the deniers “they put a very important burden” in the health system and that it is “normal” for the majority of the population to demand a response to their attitude.
Saturated sanitary system
In the last weeks, the rapid increase in the number of cases of covid-19 by the omicron variant has caused the saturation of the country’s health systems. In the last 40 days, since ómicron was detected in Canada, the country has counted more confirmed cases of covid-19 than in all of 2020.
Pressure on the health system forced the province of Ontario, the most populous in Canada, to allow 300 health professionals with foreign qualifications can work in hospitals.
This staff will join other 5,700 extra workers, including students nurses, medical students and other students from healthcare programs, who will be hired in the coming weeks to try to ease the pressure.
In Quebec, 2,742 people were hospitalized this Tuesday for covid-19, 188 more than on Monday. According to provincial authorities, although only 10% of the Quebec population is not vaccinated against the pandemic, these people represent 50% of patients admitted to hospitals.
The care needed to treat these patients has prompted some Montreal hospitals to begin postponing surgeries to people with cancer or heart problems.
However, the idea of imposing a tax on the unvaccinated who do not have a medical exemption has already begun to be disputed by some sectors.
On Facebook, a group of Québécois opposed to vaccines called Legault’s announcement a “psychological warfare” strategy and warned they would go to court if the Quebec government ultimately imposes the tax.