Suter Seminar: Publicly Funded Health Care for All: Is it Sustainable?

Where Science Center, 106

Duration 1 hour

Publicly Funded Health Care for All: Is it Sustainable?

Maurice McGregor, MD
Professor Emeritus
McGill University
Montreal, Canada

Some 40 years ago, Canada initiated universal Medicare, which assures that hospital and physicians’ services are determined solely by need. This became hugely popular and a source of national pride. However, since the early 1990s Medicare has started to function less well and Canadians are becoming more critical. Some believe the causes of malfunction are systemic and incurable while others that the causes can be diagnosed and treated. Which are correct? The answer is of vital concern to the future of all “free” health services.

Dr. McGregor trained in medicine at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa and after service in WW2 studied cardiology in London, England. He joined the Royal Victoria Hospital and McGill University in Montreal in 1957, where he has served as Head of Cardiology, Head of Medicine, Dean, and Vice-Principal. From 1988 to 1994, he was Founding President of the Council for the Evaluation of Health Technologies of Québec. He is currently a Consultant of the Technology Assessment Unit of the McGill University Health Centre and Professor Emeritus at McGill University. He has published over 180 articles, chiefly in the fields of cardiovascular disease, cardiovascular physiology and pharmacology, medical education and health policy.

Co-sponsored by anonymous benefactor

Intended Audience General Public

Tags SCIENCE, Intellectual Life

Contact Information

Name Lynn Quay

Phone # 432.4400