But why choose hospital care? For many Canadians, hospitals represented the best that medical science had to offer, because they were now seen as centres of life-saving operations and critical care. But the services provided were also a significant expense, especially if the patient required lengthy care and medical treatment. And as we will see, private efforts to prepay hospital expenses through purchasing individual or group insurance policies often failed to provide the necessary coverage in times of need. In fact, Saskatchewan, British Columbia and Alberta had all pioneered different types of government-supported hospital insurance between 1947 and 1950, and the success of the Saskatchewan model in conjunction with rising demand ultimately persuaded Ontario to respond favourably to federal proposals to create a national hospital insurance program.