Medicare and the Doctor’s Strike - 1962

Much has been written about Medicare, its birth in Saskatchewan, and the key players involved in its evolution.  Saskatchewan's Health Care Evolution Towards Medicare (background information)  provides a brief backgrounder, a reference to identify the evolution of health care in Saskatchewan.   By examining the origins of medicare, and the actions of some of the more prominent people involved it is hoped that readers will remember the growth and evolution of medicare and what forces came into play during the history of health care. We invite readers to complete the survey at the end of this page for Marilyn Decker , - - granddaughter of Matthew (Matthias) Anderson if you have observations, comments or suggestions you could share.

The federal government stepped in with funding in 1968 to support medical insurance. Leonard Shifrin noted that 8 provinces of Canada modelled health care upon Saskatchewan's medicare plan by 1979 and the CBC states the entire nation was covered by a medicare plan within ten years of the Saskatchewan Doctor's strike. Saskatchewan's motto; "Multis E Gentibus Vires", Latin for "In Many People's Strength" represents the great cooperative community spirit, which when combined with "the right person in the right place at the right time" paved the way for Saskatchewan to become a leader in medicare.Houston and Massie p. 143

In closing,  Saskatchewan's Health Care Evolution Towards Medicare (background information) offers an overview of the evolution of health care in Saskatchewan. It is hoped that it may inspire you to reflect on the politics, the health care services, and the effect the various health care systems had on the communities. Please be inspired to comment, compare or contrast how health care impacted your own life experiences  - the hopes and fears - as they affected families and citizens as the formal legislationwas approved paving the way towards medicare. As we are collecting information, comments, feedback, and any reminiscences you may have are greatly appreciated.Questions:It is quite natural that Canadians used to medicare are bringing up the controversy regarding the United States Obamacare program in their conversations. It is an interesting time, observing the reactions, positive or negative that Americans are having with these new insurance policies. We, as Canadians may indeed be wondering how anyone could be against it.

However, in Canada when medicare was introduced, there was in fact, a 23 day strike against Canadian medicare that made international headlines.  In contemporary times, few remember the inauguration of medicare, and the strike in health care service that lasted three weeks, a time in the summer of 1962 not to be critically ill.

There is a need to preserve personal memories of these events, especially as those who can remember through these times are now are at least in their sixties.
* What are your memories of the doctor's strike in 1962?  Were you  working in the medical field at the time?
* What are your memories of life before medicare?
* Where did you live?
* How old were you in 1962?  (in your teens/twenties, etc?)
* How did you get information (newspapers, radio, TV)?
If other, what type of communication was used for informaiton?
* Was medicare or the strike a topic of conversation at home or work?  Comment
* Were you or family members concerned about your health during the strike?
* Were you covered by a municipal plan, MSI or other insurance?
If you worked in the medical field, what was the attitude of co-workers?
* What do you think life would be like presently without medicare?
Do you have any other comments on the 1962 Doctor's strike?
Do you have any other comments on Medicare?
Will you pass on the link to this survey to others familiar with the inauguration of medicare and the 1962 Doctor's Strike?