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HAT Forum, Saturday March 25, 11am - 1pm

HAT FORUM
DATE: Saturday, March 24   11am - 1 pm
LOCATION:  OISE, 252 Bloor Street W ROOM  4-414
TOPIC:  SHOULD PEOPLE WHO MAKE UNHEALTHY LIFESTYLE CHOICES PAY MORE FOR MEDICAL COVERAGE
FACILITATOR:  MIchael Cole
Health care costs in Ontario are going through the roof. Cancer Care Ontario and Public Health Ontario say that a high percentage of deaths (and healthcare costs) - 79% - relate to chronic but largely preventable illnesses. These include some cancers, cardio-vascular disease, chronic respiratory disease, and diabetes.
Far too many people drink alcohol to excess, smoke too many cigarettes, eat too much sugar, fatty and unhealthy foods. Others engage in very risky activities, and dangerous sports. Many people do not exercise at all, and hundreds of thousands are seriously overweight.
These unhealthy lifestyle decisions cause serious illnesses and accidents, and cost the public healthcare system (you and me) billions of dollars. Our discussion will consider whether these people should pay a premium for their OHIP coverage, and if so, how would such a plan be implemented.
Car insurance premiums are much higher for people who own fast cars, for people with a bad driving record, people who are caught speeding, and for people who have had too many accidents. In other words, higher risk - higher premiums. Why should the rest of us pay for your bad decisions.
We will discuss whether or not that principle should also apply to what people pay for their health coverage.

The Humanist Association of Toronto provides a focus of activities and discussion for Humanists in the Toronto area. Please note: HAT events are open to the public, and views expressed do not necessarily represent the official views of the Humanist Association of Toronto

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HAT meetings are free and open to members and the public. Call (416) 966-1361 for location information. ___________________________________________________
The Humanist Forum meets Saturday morning 11am-1pm.
The Monthly Meeting, is usually the second Saturday at 1:30pm; specifics should be found on this blog.
The Steering Committee meets the first Wednesday of each month, at 7pm.
The Book Group usually meets on the first Saturday afternoon of the month.