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History: 1958-1968 PUBLIC OR PRIVATE? VOLUNTARY OR COMPULSORY? : HOSPITAL CARE FOR CANADIANS, 19481958 CONFLICT AND COMPROMISE: CREATING THE MEDICAL CARE AC, 1958–1968 FROM COST CONTROL TO HEALTH PROMOTION: IMPLEMENTING MEDICARE, 19681978



Lessons from the Conflict

What did the Saskatchewan experience demonstrate? As Premier Lloyd stated in 1962:

The basic aim of Saskatchewan’s Medical Care Insurance Plan is to provide a proper distribution of medical costs and of opportunities for medical care. All help to pay, all are eligible for benefits. It is administered by a public authority responsible through a Minister of Government to the Legislature of the  province. It respects the rights of the public and of the profession. In the tradition of the Saskatchewan Hospital Services Plan, and other public programs, it is a means whereby all of us can share, by paying in advance, costs which may fall without notice on any of us. As such, it is the first of its kind, on a provincial basis. (The First Fight for Medicare, p. 16)
Photo: Ross Thatcher, the anti-medicare Liberal Party leader in  Saskatchewan, is shown kicking the door of the closed Legislature chamber.

Ross Thatcher, the anti-medicare Liberal Party leader in Saskatchewan, is shown kicking the door of the closed Legislature chamber. A special session was called on August 2, 1962 to pass the revised Saskatchewan Medical Care Insurance Act.
The Canadian Press



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