All studies which pertain to the Medical Care Act of 1968 or the H1DS Act of 1958, all studies in a number of provinces have been referred to Mr. Justice Hall. There will shortly be one out, for example, in the province of Ontario about opting out in Ontario, which I think will have some quite wise things to say. The fact of the matter is that a number of provinces are dealing with their problems in their own particular way. They are carrying out studies, and Mr. Justice Hall will receive their reports.
I recognize that it is the wish of some hon. members that things be done immediately. Let me say that I am firmly convinced that the medicare program is the most popular
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social program in this country and deserves proper care and attention and a review before action is taken. Sometimes in the past precipitous action has led us into situations in which we have not wanted to be; indeed, former members of former governments have indicated that as they rushed into good ideas, those ideas did not turn out to be very good. The Hall report, the review of medicare, deserves to be thoroughly done and properly accommodated.
Subtopic: INVESTIGATION INTO ALLEGED EROSION OF MEDICARE PROGRAM-REMEDIAL ACTION