By Aleck Ostry
Linköping University Electronic Press
The party remained in power until 1964. During this 20-year period the CCF crafted North America's first comprehensive public health insurance scheme. Province-wide public hospital insurance was started early in the CCF's mandate in 1946 and, after an acrimonious doctors’ strike in 1962, followed by public insurance for physician remuneration (Medicare) in 1962. The federal government, under the leadership of the Liberal Party, followed Saskatchewan's lead, and adopted a public scheme for hospital insurance in 1957 and Medicare in 1968. Saskatchewan, from 1944 to 1964, pioneered the development of Canada's national public health insurance plan."
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