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

PC

William Gourlay Blair

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Blair:

No. The minister said the purpose of this legislation was to assist the individual who was paying his own costs. The mental patients have difficulty; the insurance principle is difficult for them. They pay their costs even when they are declared mentally incapable; when they are put into a hospital the official guardian, if that is the correct description of the man in charge, takes over the estate so the patient does pay his costs. He does not have recourse to insurance. The situation in regard to insurance is just the same for the mental patient as for the other person who is ill-

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