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yarzefirzi
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Improving the Mental Health System

According to a news release that was dated May 9, 2006, the "Standing Senate Committee On Social Affairs, Science and Technology" in Canada recommended the creation of a Canadian Mental Health Commission that will be responsible for significantly upgrading the Canadian mental health system. As stated by Senator Michael Kirby, the Chair of the Committee, "The Senate Committee is committed to improving the range, quality and organization of health and support services that are required by the tens of thousands of Canadians who are living with mental illnesses and addictions."

Funding The Proposed Change

Based on an extensive three-year study on mental health and addiction, the Committee determined that it will cost $5.36 billion over a 10-year period for this mental health system upgrade. Where will these funds come from? According to the Committee, the revenue will come from raising the excise tax on alcoholic drinks by 5 cents per drink.

Part of the rationale for the 5-cent increase per drink was obviously the goal of raising the needed funds for the proposed changes in the mental health system. Another justifying factor for the price increase, however, was the fact that since each alcoholic drink will cost more, Canadians will be more inclined to drink lower-alcohol products such as beer and wine instead of liquor.

Let's Do the Math

At first glance, this proposal seems to make sense. Why shouldn't those who drink help finance a program that will provide them with a better mental health system? Why not let those who are part of the "problem" become part of the "solution"? This logic seems sounduntil you do the math. If $5.36 billion is needed to help finance the upgraded mental health system, then how many drinks will have to be consumed in a ten-year period to reach $5.36 billion dollars? The answer: 107,200,000,000 drinks. That's 107 billion, 200 million drinks.

  Wednesday, December 2, 2020 at 12:41:41 PM
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