September 1965

Royal Commission on Health Services.

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Vol 1. By S. Maxwell, Acting Deputy Attorney General. Price, $10. Pp 914, with no illustrations. Queens Printer, Ottawa, Canada, 1964.

Arch Intern Med. 1965;116(3):484-486. doi:10.1001/archinte.1965.03870030164062

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There are two ways of obtaining information if you wish to make a proper decision. You can look or you can listen. That is, you can actually see the problem as it is or you can listen to talk from people who think that they know the problem and have all the answers.

The government of Canada appointed a Royal Commission on Health Services. This commission employed the second method. Hearings were held in several large Canadian cities. Representatives of various official and unofficial groups made presentations, affirming the viewpoints of medical societies, physicians (rarely), provincial governments, universities and medical schools, dental, pharmaceutical, and nursing schools, health departments, voluntary agencies interested in only their own small segment of disease (poliomyelitis, retarded children, rheumatism, mental health, crippled children, and others), hospitals, senior citizens (guess what they wanted?), chiropodists and podiatrists, home economists, technicians in x-ray and dentistry, teachers, naturopaths, dietitians, chambers

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