April 10, 1957 (22nd Parliament, 5th Session)

LIB

Paul Joseph James Martin (Minister of National Health and Welfare)

Liberal

Mr. Martin:

It was not our purpose by this legislation to subsidize the provinces which are already receiving assistance from the federal government through other channels; but whether or not they are receiving other assistance there can be no justification for imposing upon a hospital insurance bill the responsibility for paying public moneys to the provinces for responsibilities which they rightly recognize.
The moment an individual has to pay for treatment in a general hospital he will be covered by this bill for any kind of illness, including tuberculosis or mental illness. The fact that we are right in this is seen in the case of Saskatchewan and in the case of British Columbia and in the case of any other country but one that I can call to mind. In Saskatchewan they have a hospital insurance scheme and they have one in British Columbia. In the case of Saskatchewan the cost of the scheme is borne in the main by premiums paid by individuals.

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