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Actor Kiefer Sutherland's Grandfather Tommy Douglas Remembered For Bringing Universal Healthcare System To Canada
As premier of Saskatchewan, Tommy Douglas pioneered a number of progressive policies there, including the expansion of public utilities, unionization and public auto insurance. But his biggest achievement was the creation of universal health insurance, called Medicare. It passed in Saskatchewan in 1962, guaranteeing hospital care for all residents. The rest of Canada soon followed, province by province. After his death Douglas earned the title of The Greatest Canadian in a poll by the CBC. We speak with Canadian doctor Michael Rachlis.