CBC celebrates 75 years of Politics (Clip 4)


The first province to enact health care legislation was Saskatchewan. And although Tommy Douglas is widely regarded as the father of Medicare, a man called Matt Anderson initiated the first health care program in the municipality of McKillop, Saskatchewan. Anderson's plan allowed for access to a municipal doctor, 21 days of hospital care, and prescription drugs for an annual fee of five dollars. When Saskatchewan made this local plan province wide on July 1st 1962, doctors reacted swiftly by going on strike.

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