Canada Post, like the US Postal Service, is trying to eliminate door to door mail delivery- but the Canadian agency is being much more aggressive- they’ve told people who want an exemption fro the community mail box requirement that they’ll need to provide specific details of their disability, and give their medical history to postal officials:
Canada Post has confirmed it will require medical information from people who have indicated they’re physically unable to get their mail once home delivery ends.
It’s sending questionnaires to people who’ve indicated they can’t pick up their mail from a community box.
Canada Post said the organization needs to know the specifics of a person’s disability — including medical history — to find the best solution for everyone.
Doctors aren’t happy:
… the president of the Canadian Medical Association Louis Francescutti said this request will cost patients money, as well as needlessly expose them to other sick patients.
Francescutti said this decision was made without any consultation with the CMA, calling it “totally irresponsible.”
“For Canada Post to suggest a whole new onslaught of Canadians are going to be visiting physicians offices, forcing physicians to make a decision about whether a patient is disabled or not able to get to a mailbox, is unrealistic,” he said.
… and neither are advocates for the disabled:
Kelly White, with the Coalition of Persons with Disabilities Newfoundland and Labrador, said Canada Post should look into getting more input from people with disabilities and providing an optional self-registry instead.
“Why Canada Post needs to know, as they say, what’s wrong with us, or what can be fixed, or why we need special services. They don’t need to know our medical history,” she said.
“We don’t want to be sharing information about ourselves any more than you do.”
White added she thinks there are some rather large loopholes in the idea.
“Persons who are going through cancer treatments, persons going through other terminal illnesses, we have people aging every single day, people who break their legs. How do we control this? How does Canada Post say, ‘Sorry, you don’t fit our mandate and you don’t have this so we can’t do this for you,'” she said.