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National Health Grants

Conditional grants had been used by the federal government to support provincial efforts to control specific health problems, such as tuberculosis and venereal disease. In the 1945 Green Book proposals, the federal authorities offered funding for provincial public health activities to combat tuberculosis, mental illness and venereal disease, to assist in the prevention and control of “crippling conditions” in children, to provide professional training for public health personnel, to fund research in public health and to improve pensions for blind civilians. In addition, the federal government was prepared to pay for research into the organization and funding of provincial health insurance plans and to assist provinces in building new hospital facilities. The failure of the 1945 Dominion–provincial conference to reach agreement, however, meant that these grants languished in administrative limbo until 1948, when Paul Martin and his staff were able to persuade William Lyon Mackenzie King and the Cabinet that separating the national health grants from the implementation of a national health insurance plan would be a good first step on the road to a national system.

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