Making Medicare:  The History of Health Care in Canada, 1914-2007 Back to Timeline Back to Timeline
History: 1939-1948 DEPRESSION DEVELOPMENTS, 19301939 NATIONAL SYSTEM, NATIONAL FAILURE? : WAR, RECONSTRUCTION AND HEALTH SECURITY FOR CANADIANS, 1939–1948 PUBLIC OR PRIVATE? VOLUNTARY OR COMPULSORY? : HOSPITAL CARE FOR CANADIANS, 1948–1958



Conclusion

When Dr. John Heagerty retired in 1945, he was a disillusioned man. All of his years of effort had failed to persuade either the provinces or the medical profession that federal leadership and direction would be effective in the design and implementation of a health insurance program. But from failure had come lessons that were used to create more effective and acceptable proposals. That is the story that the next chapter will reveal.

Photo: The results of a poll taken in Canada in 1944

The results of a poll taken in Canada in 1944, which asked people if they would be willing to contribute a small portion of their income to a national health plan that would provide medical and hospital care when they needed it.
From Public Opinion Quarterly, Vol. 8, No. 2 (Summer 1944), p. 292. Reprinted in P. Neary and J. L. Granatstein, eds., The Veteran’s Charter and Post-World War II Canada (Montréal and Kingston: McGill-Queen’s University Press, 1999), pp. 237–238.



Back to Timeline 1939 - 1948
    Date Created: March 31, 2010 | Last Updated: April 21, 2010