Petition Closed

"Starting Sept. 1 both the Fraser and Vancouver Coastal Health authorities will charge seniors a $25 monthly “maintenance” fee for use of a wheelchair in public extended care facilities.
It’s bad enough that seniors in residential care already pay 80% of their pre-tax income just for their accommodation and food.
Now the government wants an additional $300 a year for wheelchairs these seniors obviously need as the only alternative to spending day and night in bed."

"It can only come from their $200 monthly comfort fund that now covers personal incidentals like shampoo.

And what’s worse about the fee is that nearly all the wheelchairs were donated by family and are manual — hardly needing $300 a year to keep rolling."

This is a disgrace, and I am ashamed to live in a province run by cowardly public representatives who would dare target our elderly. When polled online, 89% of people said said no to this.
Reference:
http://vancouver.24hrs.ca/2013/06/10/mla-slams-liberals-wheelchair-maintenance-fee
http://thetyee.ca/Opinion/2013/06/11/BC-Wheelchair-Tax/
http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2013/06/07/fraser-health-wheelchair-fee_n_3404473.html

At first, I thought this was a joke. It's not. If we can't put our foot down on this issue, what will we roll over for next? Sign the petition and show that you are pissed off and will not tolerate this. Be the change!

Letter to
Fraser Health Authority Fraser Health Authority
Minister of Health Terry Lake
Vancouver Coastal Health Authority Vancouver Coastal Health Authority
and 1 other
BC Liberal Party Leader Christy Clark
Scrap the planned $25 monthly wheelchair "maintenance" fee