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Fort St John woman says she won't pay for medical services plan until healthcare in region improves

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A Fort St John woman frustrated with a lack of health care in her region has decided stop paying her medical services plan (MSP) premiums.

"If the services are inadequate or not there, why are we paying?" says Linda Thomas, a former nurse. "I wouldn't invest my money in a company that wasn't providing me with the services they promised."

Thomas says the decision was prompted by the health care crisis facing the Peace region.

"Our clinic is being shut down. Our hospital doesn't have enough doctors. You can't get into your doctor, my doctor is leaving at the end of the month, I have no idea where my records are going to go. And the government holds us hostage," she told CBC.

"If I am five days late on paying my premium, they start automatically calling you... and yet they do not provide the services."

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Northern Health has plans to open an unattached clinic for patients without doctors in Fort St John.

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