Canada: Condition: Fair
Friday, Aug. 03, 1962
Largely mediated by Lord Taylor, the settlement let each side claim moral victory. The government won the doctors' agreement to North America's first comprehensive, tax-supported state medical insurance plan. But by their stubborn fight, the doctors won modifications in the plan removing what they had feared as political controls over the practice of medicine. In the key concessions, Saskatchewan's Premier Woodrow Lloyd made clear that the doctors could practice inside or outside the scheme, agreed to let the province's two major doctor-operated voluntary insurance plans continue in business, and expanded the doctors' representation on the medicare plan's governing commission.
The weary Taylor hailed the agreement as a model for what he hopes will come to the rest of Canada and the U.S.—and, following his own prescription for a rest, headed off to fish in the seclusion of northern Saskatchewan.