Saskatchewan's 1962 Medicare Strike
In the summer of 1962, the Saskatchewan Doctors' strike brought a bitter fight over medicare to a head. The labour dispute was triggered on July 1st, when Canada's first universal health care plan, the Saskatchewan Medical Care Insurance Act, took effect.
Doctors walked off the job and stayed off for more than three weeks. Patients panicked, worried about who would care for them in an emergency. And the provincial government stood its ground, determined to make the new law stick. For three weeks that stand-off produced protests, fear ... even threats of violence.
Today, we're looking back on how those events shaped the health care we know today. The CBC's Sean Prpick tells the story through the eyes of two families who were on opposite sides of the issue. His documentary, Days of Decision first aired on The Current in July, 50 years after the dispute.
Dr. Noel Doig's memoir of Saskatchewan's medicare crisis is called Setting The Record Straight.
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Shannon Moroney Promo
The Current is marking our tenth anniversary this season. And to celebrate, we've chosen ten of our best interviews of the last decade. We'll be bringing you all ten of those interviews over the holidays. On Monday, we'll have Anna Maria's interview with Shannon Moroney.
You can find them all our top ten interviews any time, on our 10th anniversary website.
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