Bitter Medicine, Part One: The Birth of Medicare

Part one of a 2-part documentary examining Canada's national health insurance system, from its conception on the Canadian Prairies in the early part of the 20th 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 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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Film Credits

director
Tom Shandel
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

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