Cervical Cancer Screening — Revisions of the Walton Report
In 1967 a National Health Care Programme was established in Canada which provided total health and hospital care for every citizen of the country. With the exception of annual premiums in the Provinces of British Columbia, Alberta and Ontario (premiums which only minimally contributed to the cost) funding for the programme was generated through general taxation at the Provincial and Federal levels. This health care programme entitles any citizen at any time to see any physician for any reason and as often as he or she feels necessary. While funding is by general taxation, payment to the physician remains on a fee for service basis. Despite warnings from the Medical Associations, both at the Federal and Provincial levels, the plan was introduced with the cost results shown in Fig. 5.1.
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