Canada 's National Healthcare System Essay

1649 Words May 10th, 2016 7 Pages
Canada’s national healthcare system was implemented in 1957 by Paul Strand and continues to be one of the defining features of the country itself. Also known as Medicare, Canada’s healthcare system is a group of socialized universal health insurance programs that were introduced by legislations passed in 1957, 1966 and 1984. (Canadian Museum of History). This idea of a publicly funded and administered, comprehensive, accessible medical service insurance plan has a far more complex history than the politics of creating a program for cost sharing between the federal and provincial governments. Medicare is truly a delicate balance between societal expectations, medical advancements, available technology, economic and human resources, and ultimately, politics.

As Medicare continued to evolve from the legislations passed in 1957, the high costs for medical services lead most citizens and more liberal minded health professionals to agree that having a system like this was for the benefit of society as a whole. In 1966, Allan MacEachen was appointed as Minister of National Health and Welfare.(Canadian Museum of History). He believed that:
...all Canadians should be able to obtain health services of high quality according to their need for such services and irrespective of their ability to pay. We believe that the only practical and effective way of doing this is through a universal, prepaid, government-sponsored scheme. (Canadian Museum of History).

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