Author Topic: Extended benefits, drugs, dental, optical, etc.  (Read 17 times)

Offline kimmy

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Extended benefits, drugs, dental, optical, etc.
« on: June 21, 2017, 11:51:27 pm »
I pay out of pocket for optical care, for dental care, and for prescription drugs.

I can only start claiming tax deductions for these expenses once they cross an absurdly high threshold-- 3% of my income, if I recall.

For people with extended benefits-- for example Members of Parliament, government workers, and the like-- their medical and dental benefits are tax-exempt.

Where's the fairness in that?

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Offline jmt18325

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Re: Extended benefits, drugs, dental, optical, etc.
« Reply #1 on: June 22, 2017, 12:00:32 am »
I think the fairness went out the window when the Liberals realized that taxing said benefits would be political suicide.  It would have been (was) a good idea, and it should still happen.  It won't happen for a while now though.

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It's insane to me that we celebrate our healthcare system, yet don't have universal payer for vision, dental, and prescription drugs. We need to work towards covering those things as well.

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It's insane to me that we celebrate our healthcare system, yet don't have universal payer for vision, dental, and prescription drugs. We need to work towards covering those things as well.
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Agreed completely.  Health should never be a private sector matter.