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Bitter Medicine, Part One: The Birth of Medicare

Author: National Film Board of Canada.; Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.
Publisher: Montreal : National Film Board of Canada ; Toronto : Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, 1983.
Edition/Format:   eVideo : Clipart/images/graphics : National government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Part one of a two-part documentary examining Canada's national health insurance system from its conception on the Canadian Prairies in the early part of the century to its present state of crisis. This first part traces the events leading to July 2, 1962, the day on which Medicare was launched in Saskatchewan. The doctors reacted to the plan by declaring a general strike. The film recreates this stormy chapter of  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Documentary films
Material Type: Clipart/images/graphics, Government publication, National government publication, Internet resource, Videorecording
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File, Visual material
All Authors / Contributors: National Film Board of Canada.; Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.
OCLC Number: 820115267
Notes: Pacific Centre. ; Co-produced by the NFB and the CBC.
Credits: Director/script, Tom Shandel ; producer, George Johnson, Tom Shandel ; associate producer, Penny Gurstein ; photography, Kirk Tougas ; sound, Ray Misskey, Mike Oldfield, Norm Rosen ; editing, Barbara Evans ; re-recording, Paul Sharpe ; narrator, Ann Petrie ; music, Jean Piché.
Description: 1 online resource (1 streaming video file (27 min.))
Responsibility: National Film Board of Canada.

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Part one of a two-part documentary examining Canada's national health insurance system from its conception on the Canadian Prairies in the early part of the century to its present state of crisis. This first part traces the events leading to July 2, 1962, the day on which Medicare was launched in Saskatchewan. The doctors reacted to the plan by declaring a general strike. The film recreates this stormy chapter of Canadian history through film and television archives and personal testimonies, particularly those of former Saskatchewan Premier Tommy Douglas and Chief Justice Emmett Hall.

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