Provincial and Federal Medical Care in Canada in the 1950s The universal health care is commonly cited as one feature of Canadian society that sets our country apart from our southern neighbor, the United States. However, the introduction of universal health care had a complex history and the idea was long in the making. In mid-1940s, after the Dominion-Provincial Conference, the Federal Government withdrew its offer for the universal health care due to the dispute over the distribution of tax income between Ottawa and the provinces. As Murphy states, “With the end of negotiations, plans for health insurance and other social security measures were shelved” (73). The idea of universal health care re-surfaced again in the 1950s and 1960s and...The end:
.....lth care faced strong opposition during 1950s and 1960s. Each side involved in the debate had its own interests. One of the most vocal sides against such a plan was the Canadian Medical Association and medical professionals. With the introduction of a national health care, the medical professionals would lose their own health care system plan. Further, the medical professionals feared state controlled medicine (Murphy 79). Other players in the game were provincial and federal governments whose antagonism dating back from the failed Dominion-Provincial Conference stood in the way of national health care system. Works Cited Murphy, Barbara. The Ugly Canadian: The Rise and Fall of a Caring Society. J. Gordon Shillingford Publishing Inc., 1999.