MSP Premium Reduction Savings Must Be Passed onto Members – HSPBA

Thursday, January 18, 2018

The savings resulting from the 50-per-cent reduction in Medical Services Plan premiums introduced by the BC government on January 1, 2018 must be directed to employees, says the Health Science Professionals Bargaining Association (HSPBA).

Under the HSPBA collective agreement, employers pay 100 per cent of MSP benefits, representing a benefit negotiated on behalf of members. HSPBA’s position is that savings realized by employers by the reduction in premiums must be passed onto members and not put into employers’ coffers.

The HSPBA, which includes health science professionals represented by CUPE, HSA, PEA, BCGEU, and HEU, has requested that employers hold the savings in trust until such time as agreement is reached on how to pass the savings onto members.