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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



Drawing Conclusions and Making Recommendations

In response to all of the information collected and the studies prepared by academic experts, the commission staff prepared a two-volume report that outlined the positive and negative aspects of existing arrangements, and the extent of current health services, and made projections for population growth and increased health services needs. When the first volume of the report was released on June 19, 1964, the commission provided a press release, which included a call for a “Health Charter for Canadians”and the following statement:

As we examined the hundreds of briefs with their thousands of recommendations we were impressed by the fact that the field of health services illustrates perhaps better than any other, the paradox of our age, which is, of course, the enormous gap between our knowledge and skills on one hand, and our organizational and financial arrangements to apply them on the other. What the Commission recommends is that in Canada this gap be closed, that as a nation we now take the necessary legislative, organizational and financial decisions to make all the fruits of the health sciences available to all our residents without let or hindrance of any kind. All our recommendations are directed toward this objective.


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