As CEO of a ( formerly) large company, the defence of “ but my boyfriend / guru/ priest told me to do it” is not going to be effective in courtnor could any such “ accomplice” be charged without written evidence or witnesses I suppose……
Cannabis is a psychoactive drug ( as is cocaine & crack). It won’t cause cancer but …….“Cannabis has various mental and physical effects, which include euphoria, altered states of mind and sense of time, difficulty concentrating, impaired short-term memory, impaired body movement (balance and fine psychomotor control)” (Wikipedia). Cannabis overuse seems linked to mental illness, petty crime & violent crime.
“……must pay whatever fees the hospital …… have set for the care provided”
Exactly and and there it is. The solution to these problems. If you are covered by govt free healthcare you pay nothing. If not, you are subject to an official tariff of charges which will have nothing to do with nationality.
If you have private health insurance they will review & negotiate the bill and again in principle you pay nothing. Otherwise you must match the hospital price list with your bill and actual treatment ( usual 3 way validation for all invoices in fact).
Therefore it is simply not possible to be liable for arbitrary fabricated “ surcharges” as these are not on the tariff so easily identified, disputed & withdrawn.
I live in Canada.
They won't refuse service but they are vigilant in going after payment to those who don't have insurance
Although I do find it a bit negligent, on their behalf, that they allow visitors to stay 6 months without having to have any insurance at all