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Medicare at 50:

A Symposium on the History of Canadian Medicare

Friday, September 28 & Saturday September 29, 2018
2M70 (Manitoba Hall, University of Winnipeg)

This symposium is free and open to the public. Food is not included but can be purchased from University of Winnipeg cafeterias or from nearby cafes and restaurants.

Friday 28 September 2018

8:45-9:00 AM: Opening Remarks

9:00-10:30 AM: Social/Socialized Medicine before Medicare

JTH Connor (Memorial University): “One foot on each side of the border”: Dr Frederick Dodge Mott, Rural Health and “Socialized” Medical Care in the United States and Canada, 1930s-1970s

Esyllt Jones (University of Manitoba): What Was Socialized Medicine? Revisiting the Radical Pre-History of Medicare

Kathryn McPherson (York University): “Did Medicare Make Nursing Work Invisible?” 

10:30-11:00 AM: Break

11:00-12:00 PM: Health in the Community

Megan Davies (York University): Medicare Minus: Local Health Policy meets Neo-Liberalism

Erika Dyck (University of Saskatchewan): Mental Health and Medicare: Who Cares?

12:00-1:30: Break

1:30-3:00 PM: Professional Discontents / Health Economics

Jacalyn Duffin (Queen’s University): Chief Complaint: Physician Discontent with Canadian Medicare

Sasha Mullally (University of New Brunswick): Medicine in the “Muskeg Metropolis”: Health Service Transformation in Canadian Resource Towns, 1960-1975

Catherine Carstairs (University of Guelph): The Failure to Implement Denticare in Canada

2:30-3:00 PM: Break

3:00-4:00 PM: After Medicare: Challenge and Change

Heather MacDougall (University of Waterloo): Prevention or Cure: The Contested History of Public Health and Medicare, 1960-2018

Mary Jane McCallum (University of Winnipeg) and Maureen Lux (Brock University): Medicare vs Medicine Chest: Court Challenges and Treaty Rights to Healthcare


Saturday, 29 September 2018

10:00-11:30 AM: Popular Discontents

Whitney Wood (University of Calgary): Medicare and Maternity: Historicizing Inequities in Women’s Health

Geoff Hudson (Northern Ontario School of Medicine): Medicare in Canada from a Disability Rights Perspective, Ontario c. 1975-1990

David Churchill (University of Manitoba): “Who Owns AIDS?” The Historical and Medical Challenges of a Public Health Response to HIV/AIDS in Toronto (1981-1991)

11:30-1:00 PM: Break

1:00-2:30: Roundtable/Panel Discussion: Medicare: Past, Present, and Future

Location: Eckhardt Gramatte Hall

Drs. Barry Lavallee, Esyllt Jones, Erika Dyck, Geoff Hudson, Catherine Carstairs

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