If we tax the unvaccinated, what about the unhealthy who are also at higher risk of severe COVID-19?


In response to this added and unnecessary burden on strained hospital resources, Quebec Premier François Legault has proposed a special and "significant" health care tax on the unvaccinated primarily to punish them and partly to help fund the need for additional hospital resources. The decision may be popular with those angry at the unvaccinated but it is both regressive and likely ineffective.

Most COVID-19 deaths to date have been related to frailty rather than just age, weakened immune systems and co-morbidities such as hypertension, diabetes and obesity. If we choose the path of charging a surtax on those individuals who needlessly strain our health care budgets, where do we stop? Who in their wisdom gets to decide who should pay and how much?

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