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.
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.