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

PC

William Gourlay Blair

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Blair:

Mr. Chairman, I mentioned this matter several times in this debate from the resolution stage onward. I refer to the question of the omission of mentally ill patients from this bill. I again wish to register our protest, because in my opinion this bill differentiates between one form of illness and another. The other day I said I thought it was a backward step even to recognize that type of thing.
I again point out the need for hospitalization for mental patients, the need for treatment, the growing percentage in Canada. Above all, I again point out that this legislation is differentiating between one form of illness and another. The mentally ill patient is no different, as I said the other day,

from the person who has pneumonia, cancer or anything else. He is a sick person. Mental illness is just as important as any other form of illness. I again register my protest this morning.

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