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History: 19781988 FROM COST CONTROL TO HEALTH PROMOTION: IMPLEMENTING MEDICARE, 19681978 SAVING THE SYSTEM: THE CANADA HEALTH ACT, THE OTTAWA CHARTER AND ACHIEVING HEALTH FOR ALL, 19781988 THE ENDLESS CHALLENGE: BALANCING CHANGE AND CONTINUITY, 19892007



Building Public Support for Medicare

Twenty-three thousand Canadians wrote or called for copies of the document, and the Department of National Health and Welfare provided up to $5,000 for communities to hold public forums to discuss the future of medicare. By February 1984, 75 public meetings had been held and more than 20,000 posters bearing the slogans “Keep the Care in Medicare” and “L’assurance-santé, c’est pour la vie” had been distributed. Surveys conducted in 1981 and 1983 for the Goldfarb Report found that 71–85 per cent of respondents in each province supported medicare and that many regarded it as “the best-loved and most important Canadian social program.” A further survey conducted in June 1983 revealed that 70–80 per cent of those surveyed in nine provinces rejected user fees and extra-billing and that 88 per cent believed that these charges were unfair to those on middle and low incomes.



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