Gouging seniors could be taken a step further

Why not charge for bed rentals, or provide sleeping bags, reader slyly asks

I think Premier Christy Clark is right to support the health authorities’ policy of charging care-home residents $25 a month to rent a wheelchair.

It is another good way to squeeze more money out of our poorest and most vulnerable citizens. But this policy clearly doesn’t go far enough.

A lot more money could be obtained, for example, by charging residents $25 a month to rent a bed. And those who couldn’t afford to pay that much needn’t be left out. They could be offered a sleeping bag for $15 a month or a mat on the floor for just $5 a month.

Gordon Pollard

Victoria