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Celebrating 50 years of Medicare in Saskatchewan

Suggestions for the continued success of public health care in Canada.

Romanow: Choice Canadians make about health care fundamentally intertwined with our values, future.July 2, 2012: For the 50th anniversary of universal health care in Saskatchewan, Roy Romanow writes of the correlation between fundamental Canadian values and accessible public health care for all citizens. Romanow makes suggestions for improving our health care system to become sustainable while remaining openly accessible, including integration of pharmacare and long-term and home care to the current system as well as more focus on prevention.

"July 1, the birthdate of our great nation, is also the birthdate of Canada's emblematic health care system. And this year we celebrated the 50th anniversary of the introduction of Medicare in Saskatchewan. Now often referred to as unsustainable, this milestone provides an opportunity to reflect on the hard fought accomplishments of the past, to re-evaluate today's system and to consider the growing debate about its future.

Until 50 years ago, Canada's health care system was based on the private, for-profit model. Patients individually paid for the services of medical professionals and hospitals. Often, those who could not afford health care did not receive it..."

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Posted: July 19, 2012

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