Canada 's National Healthcare Insurance Program

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On January 18th, 1904, Sir Wilfrid Laurier gave a speech. During his speech he stated, “Canada has been modest in its history, although its history, in my estimation, is only commencing. It is commencing in this century. The nineteenth century was the century of the United States. I think we can claim that Canada will fill the twentieth century.” When Laurier said “belong” he meant progress, growth, and quality of life. Laurier’s prediction was right, the 20th century did belong to Canada because the quality of life improved, Canada’s role internationally increased, and because Canada became more independent.
Medicare is the term used to describe Canada’s national healthcare insurance program. Medicare is provided to ensure that all
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Her mother was taken to the hospital, and it was found she had a fractured pelvis. In the evening, the Lorentowicz family were told that their relative could only have a hospital bed if they paid $100. Today, $100 might not seem like a lot of money, but in 1958, a hundred dollars was worth approximately $807 today. The Lorentowicz family did not have the money, so they went door-to-door asking for donations. Eventually, they did raise enough money for the hospital bed, but while her family was collecting donations, Lorentowicz’s body was left in the hallway, which was extremely dirty. This story shows that before Medicare, many Canadians could not afford something as simple as a hospital bed. With the development of Medicare, Canadians will not have to worry about not being able to afford hospital care because it is covered by taxes. The development of Medicare has made Canada a healthier environment. Before Medicare, many people could not go to the hospital or visit a doctor because they could not afford the medical bill. Medicare can reduce the number of infectious diseases because people will be able to go to a hospital and visit a doctor to get the treatment they need. Louise James wrote a story in the book, Life before Medicare. In the 1960s, Louise James worked in a medical ward in a Toronto hospital. Louise James witnessed many people who could not afford to see a doctor or their medical treatments. She stated that when many patients were finally admitted
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