Sunday, July 24, 2011

The Road Not Taken

The 1945 Health Proposals and Physician Remuneration in Saskatchewan

Volume 26:2 2009

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The instrumental role of the Saskatchewan Co-operative Commonwealth Federation (CCF) government of 1944-64 in the development of Canadian Medicare has overshadowed the interpretations of many historians
that the universal medical services plan introduced in Saskatchewan in 1962 was not what the CCF had intended when it first came to power in 1944. In his classic study of the Saskatchewan CCF, Seymour Martin Lipset states that the “party leaders originally envisaged a medical system in which all doctors would work on a salaried basis….”

Frequently based on Lipset’s work, subsequent historical accounts of the establishment of Saskatchewan and Canadian Medicare often cite a Saskatchewan CCF commitment to a salaried medical service. The 1962 doctors’ strike has also overshadowed what existing historical accounts of the step-by-step development of Saskatchewan Medicare from 1944-62 indicate was a less dramatic, but equally formative, conflict concerning physician remuneration in 1945. In early 1945 the government’s Health Services Planning Commission (HSPC) devised a medical services plan for rural Saskatchewan that envisaged the expansion and development of the existing municipal doctor system into a salaried general practitioner service. Existing accounts maintain that Premier Thomas Clement (Tommy) Douglas (1904-1986) and his cabinet considered implementing the HSPC proposals despite the opposition of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Saskatchewan (SCPS), but in negotiations during 1945 Douglas, in C. David Naylor’s words, “gave way” to the medical profession.

This article seeks to determine why the Douglas government did not follow the HSPC 1945 recommendations for a salaried medical scheme.

Read article HERE.


  1. Thank you Doug Taylor. The medical profession has learned, as did the Nazi's, that to control people you must control the way they think, and they have done so, by concealing these obvious trruths.

    You would be surprised to learn how many politicians cannot see the reality of the system.d


    Great Link:

    Caesar J. B. Squitti, H.B.COMM
    Author: The Jesus Christ Code

  2. The devil lies in the details...

    The key problem is that the payment system has created an inverse relationship between your health and your doctors income.

    The healthier you are the doctor is penalized and the sicker you get your doctor is rewarded financially. In the long term this is going to cause problems for the patient.

    Caesar J. B. Squitti H.B.COMM