April 8, 1957 (22nd Parliament, 5th Session)

CCF

Stanley Howard Knowles (Whip of the Co-operative Commonwealth Federation)

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

Mr. Knowles:

We wish to express our regret at that exclusion. It is appropriate to raise this matter at this time because _we are dealing with clause 2 of the bill which, by paragraph (e), excludes services in tuberculosis hospitals and hospitals for the mentally ill as well as one other category. We hope that even yet, before this legislation comes into effect the government will reconsider its position and recognize that if it is going to go into the hospital field it should stop drawing this line between physiological illnesses and those in the category of mental diseases; that it should stop drawing the line between various other illnesses and tuberculosis, and should cover hospitalization for all diseases.
I submit that there is no particular problem of administration so far as the federal government is concerned, because the whole of the federal government's contribution is to be paid out of the general revenues and comes out of the consolidated revenue fund. We

continue to make the point that tuberculosis hospitals and mental hospitals should be included in this legislation.

Topic:   HEALTH INSURANCE
Subtopic:   AUTHORIZATION OF PAYMENTS FROM CONSOLIDATED REVENUE FUND
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