The International Origins of Socialized Health Care in Canada
The origins of medicare have long been told as a simple and satisfying story: a good idea, born in Saskatchewan, championed by our Greatest Canadian, Tommy Douglas, embraced by Canadians, and now standing as a cherished example of our nation’s unique values. Radical Medicine is a visionary and politicized new history of medicare. It traces medicare’s roots around the world to the New Deal in the US, the October Revolution in Russia and the British Labour movement. From the 1930s to the early 1950s radical health advocates from around the Atlantic world debated how to achieve socialized medicine.