Striking a chord
Physician-publics, citizen-audiences and a half-century of health-care debates in Canada
in Communicating the history of medicine
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This chapter examines five decades of historical writing on, and myth-making about, the origins of Medicare, Canada’s public health-care system. It examines interpretations of the 1962 doctors’ strike in Saskatchewan, and its reception and uptake among physician and citizen audiences. Within the medical profession, academic and professional elites have vied to capture attention from Canadian citizen-audiences. A pro-Medicare consensus, emergent in the 1960s and 1970s, was replaced in the early 2000s by a newly polarized view, critical of public health care, which reinterprets the history of the strike action as a form of justified public protest.

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