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    ...supported the striking doctors, and had already spent many thousands fighting Medicare in Saskatchewan. It is said they would later spend $1 million fighting the spread of Medicare in Canada.

    Doctors in Saskatchewan at first backed the hospital scheme, but later soured on the notion of government involvement in what they saw as their turf. The biggest stumbling block to their acceptance was the long-standing concept of fee-for-service. The government conceded on this point, but control was something it couldn’t give up.

    Douglas called the doctors’ bluff by making medicare the key issue in the June 1960 election. "The people of this province will decide whether or not we want a medical care program," he said. In retaliation, the doctors raised a war chest of $100,000, much of it donated by the powerful American Medical Association, and launched a massive advertising campaign that claimed the CCF planned to put doctors on salary, that doctors would leave the province en masse and that the government would bring in "the garbage of Europe" to fill their shoes.

    Here we are now Entertain us I feel stupid and contagious

    by Scarce on Mon Oct 05, 2009 at 12:02:33 PM PDT

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