Medicare at 50

September 28, 2018 all-day
2M70 Manitoba Hall, University of Winnipeg
515 Portage Ave
Winnipeg, MB R3B 3G2
University of Winnipeg

The University of Winnipeg is hosting a symposium on the history of Canadian Medicare on Friday, September 28th and Saturday, September 29th.

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The programme of the symposium is presented below:

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