Monday, January 06, 1947
On a doctor's recommendation, paid-up members will be admitted to any Saskatchewan hospital ward for at least 21 days, and will get free meals, drugs, X rays and blood tests. The Government will pay the hospital $4.50 a day for ward patients, or the same amount toward the cost of a private room.
The hospitalization plan is the CCF's second major step toward socialized medicine. On Jan. 1, 1945, it instituted free hospital and medical care for some 25,000 old-age pensioners, the blind, orphans, those receiving mothers' allowance and all their dependents. Now Saskatchewan hopes to work out a Government plan to pay medical bills too.