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36 Steps on the Road to Medicare : How Saskatchewan Led the Way

1 October 2013

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Summary

The co-operative spirit of citizens in twentieth-century Saskatchewan nurtured innovation in health care and health policy. 36 Steps on the Road to Medicare showcases the decisions that led to the province's medicare system - the forerunner of Canadian health care. Stuart Houston and Merle Massie document the range of Saskatchewan leadership on Canadian, North American, and world stages: municipal doctors and municipal hospitals, the first Red Cross Outpost Hospital in the British Empire, tuberculosis diagnosis and treatment, a successful pilot comprehensive regional health care plan, government-sponsored cancer clinics, innovative LSD and patient-oriented treatment for psychoses, the first full-time cancer physicist in Canada, and the world's first concerted clinical use of the betatron and Cobalt-60 in cancer treatment. They show how North America's first social-democratic government, the Co-operative Commonwealth Federation - elected in 1944 and led by the incomparable Tommy Douglas - created the blueprint for comprehensive health care and how sequential steps on the road to medicare were implemented quickly and within budget. When federal support for national hospitalization became available, Saskatchewan could afford to initiate medicare in 1962. Other Canadian provinces soon followed Saskatchewan's lead. Updated to engage with current debates, 36 Steps on the Road to Medicare navigates the history of medicare and demonstrates the spirit of innovation that Canada will need to save it.

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national health programs health policy medical policy history national health insurance history, 20th century saskatchewan 20th century

Bibliography, etc. Note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Control Number Identifier
CaOOCEL
Date published
2013.
Description conventions
rda
Dewey Decimal Classification Number
368.4/20097124
Dewey Decimal Edition Number
23
Distributor
Canadian Electronic Library (Firm),
General Note
Issued as part of the desLibris books collection
Geographic Area Code
n-cn-sn
LCCN
RA412.5.C3
LCCN Item number
H72 2013eb
Modifying agency
CaBNVSL
Original cataloging agency
NLC
Physical Description | Extent
1 electronic text (xxi, 194 pages)
Publisher or Distributor Number
CaOOCEL
System Control Number
(CaBNVSL)slc00233778
(OCoLC)868487935
(CaOOCEL)446126
System Details Note
Mode of access: World Wide Web
Title proper/short title
Thirty-six steps on the road to medicare
Transcribing agency
NLC
Rights
Access restricted to authorized users and institutions

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