April 11, 1939

LIB

Charles Gavan Power (Minister of Pensions and National Health)

Liberal

Mr. POWER:

I think so. There are five. In the United. Kingdom we use the panel doctors for examinations, on a fee basis.

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CCF

Abraham Albert Heaps

Co-operative Commonwealth Federation (C.C.F.)

Mr. HEAPS:

What is the total number of medical inspectors provided for in this vote?

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LIB

Charles Gavan Power (Minister of Pensions and National Health)

Liberal

Mr. POWER:

At the present time the overseas men are five and in this country we have one full time and one part time at Halifax, one at Saint John, two at Quebec, one full time and one part time at Montreal, and one part time at Vancouver.

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Item agreed to. Health branch. 255. Treatment of sick mariners, $167,790.


SC

James Alexander Marshall

Social Credit

Mr. MARSHALL:

What is the reason for the decrease in this vote?

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LIB

Charles Gavan Power (Minister of Pensions and National Health)

Liberal

Mr. POWER:

I am afraid we shall have

to increase it. It is made up for in supple-mentaries. We thought we could do with less money, but we find that we cannot.

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SC

James Alexander Marshall

Social Credit

Mr. MARSHALL:

I was wondering about it because there is shown in the supplemen-taries, under item 474, an increase of $20,000, and I did not understand why there should be a decrease in one case and an increase in the other.

Supply-National Health

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LIB

Charles Gavan Power (Minister of Pensions and National Health)

Liberal

Mr. POWER:

We had to increase it.

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Item agreed to. Health branch. 257. Medical investigations, $36,655.


SC

William Hayhurst

Social Credit

Mr. HAYHURST:

What are these medical investigations which the department is carrying out?

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LIB

Charles Gavan Power (Minister of Pensions and National Health)

Liberal

Mr. POWER:

This provides for the general expenses and salaries of doctors and staffs engaged in the medical investigation of civil servants relative to approval of sick leave, and final medical board when they are recommended for retirement on account of ill health. Recently the civil service commission has been sending us all their men who have been appointed.

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SC

James Alexander Marshall

Social Credit

Mr. MARSHALL:

Is this a new branch which is being set up?

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LIB

Charles Gavan Power (Minister of Pensions and National Health)

Liberal

Mr. POWER:

Yes.

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Item agreed to. Health branch. 258. Venereal diseases, $50,000.


CCF

Thomas Clement (Tommy) Douglas

Co-operative Commonwealth Federation (C.C.F.)

Mr. DOUGLAS (Weyburn):

What is being done in this branch? Is it mainly research work?

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LIB

Charles Gavan Power (Minister of Pensions and National Health)

Liberal

Mr. POWER:

No. This provides for the distribution of arsenicals to the provinces. It was instituted last year. In order to assist the provinces in their work we distributed arsenicals to the provinces to the extent of $50,000.

Mr. DOUGLAS. (Weyburn): Any preventive work is being done largely by the provincial departments of health?

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LIB

Charles Gavan Power (Minister of Pensions and National Health)

Liberal

Mr. POWER:

Our epidemiological branch is doing a great deal of work along those lines, in the way of publicity, of study, and of assisting the provinces, but the actual clinical work is done by the provinces, we supplying the medicines.

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Item agreed to. Miscellaneous grants. 262. Health League of Canada, $5,000.


SC

James Alexander Marshall

Social Credit

Mr. MARSHALL:

Is any stipulation

attached to these grants which are given? What are the grants given for?

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LIB

Charles Gavan Power (Minister of Pensions and National Health)

Liberal

Mr. POWER:

We receive an audited report. Most of these organizations spend the money in the way (hey think best.

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April 11, 1939