“…we are always told that we need more immigrants to pay for our pensions and health costs as we get older. But the fact remains that all the people we import to pay for “us” will soon need more imports to pay for “them”, and this will go on and on until the system undergoes a catastrophic collapse.”
The above is from the response I made to a reader who remarked on my letter “The doctor is right” appearing in the Toronto Sun today. Here is the text of the letter:
“I was very impressed by Dr. Charles Shaver’s letter (“Questions for Mulcair” Sept. 6). I am 69, and due for a second hip replacement, hopefully soon. There’s plenty more seniors close behind me, and the pressures we will place on OHIP will be formidable. And yet no practical measures are being taken to prepare for this massive onslaught, and the number of interns is actually being cut. Recently I had to have cortisone injections for $30-plus and a painkiller prescription cost me $40-plus, both having to be paid in cash. And no, none of that was applied to my “first $100” Trillium payment. Luckily I had put some cash aside in anticipation of having to board my cat on short notice, as I was in intense pain and in danger of being unable to cope. After several hours at the ER, I came home with prescriptions that enable me to at least look after the basics. Kathleen Wynne seems to be de-listing more and more items, and this can hit pensioners like me very hard. She is budgeting on the backs of the elderly and sick, right when she should be preparing for massive increases in medical costs. Three years is a long time to have to be subjected to her whims, and I cannot see this ending well.
(To be fair, Premier Wynne doesn’t make those decisions personally, but we understand and share your concerns)
Read my letter “The doctor is right” here.