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    Primary care Paradox

    Jun. 28, 2011
    Douglas’s achievement in introducing medicare in Saskatchewan represented a deep conceptual shift that radically altered the provision of health care in Canada. He convinced a nation that in a civilized society, health care should be considered essential to individual and social well-being, and viewed both as a public right and a collective obligation. However, the events surrounding the birth of universal health insurance in Canada were full of irony on several levels

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    Tommy Douglas, the pragmatic socialist

    November 22, 2010
    He set an example of fiscal restraint (and, ironically, of limited government) that no other Canadian premier approached in the 20th century. In 17 years as premier, he produced 17 balanced budgets. From this perspective, he governed in a uniquely rational, disciplined and principled way… By reducing the debt, and thereby reducing interest costs, he was able to spend more on public services – without raising taxes.

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    Former senator Michael Kirby saluted for mental health work

    August 13, 2010
    “We realized something needed to be done about mental illness,” he says. “In report after report on the state of the health-care system, it was barely mentioned.” The committee published a series of reports culminating with its final report in 2006, entitled Out of the Shadows At Last, which recommended the formation of an arms-length commission that would deal with the issue of mental illness “in a way that would create some kind of national focal point.”

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    Cheers to a century of better public health in Canada

    Jun. 16, 2010
    While medical care has improved dramatically, the vast majority of those gains are due to pretty simple public health measures… The reality is that the economic and social conditions in which we live – income, housing, education, physical environment and support networks – ultimately have more impact on our health than genetics or lifestyle choices.