On November 7, 1961, the Medical Care Act passes.
YOUR HEALTH CARE CO-OP SINCE 1962
This summer, the Community Health Services (Saskatoon) Association (CHSA) celebrates 60 years of co-operative healthcare, led by members and centred on the needs of the people we serve.
The CHSA’s Saskatoon Community Clinic opened its doors on July 3, 1962 on the third floor of the Avenue Building during the tension of the doctors’ strike. The founders of our healthcare co-operative worked hard and put themselves and their families at risk to ensure that health services were available to everyone without regard for ability to pay.
We have come a long way since those early days when members received services in a bare room with two telephones, two folding tables with mattresses, two doctors and one nurse.
“Community clinics were on the very front line in the Medicare battle in 1962 – they made Medicare possible.”
former Minister of Health and Premier of Saskatchewan
Doctors withdraw all but emergency services in major centres, kicking off the doctors’ strike.
The Saskatoon Community Clinic opens its doors on July 3, 1962 during the tension of the doctors’ strike.
The Keep Our Doctors anti-Medicare protest at the Legislature on July 11, 1962 is much smaller than expected. On July 16, 1962, Lord Stephen Taylor arrives to assume the role of mediator between the government and the College of Physicians and Surgeons.
On July 23, 1962, the strike ends when doctors and the provincial government sign the Saskatoon Agreement marking the arrival of the Medical Care Insurance Plan in Saskatchewan and paving the way for our national system of Medicare.
Westside Clinic opened at Avenue G and 20th Street
The Student Wellness Initiative Towards Community Health is a student-run health clinic offering clinical services and health promotion programming with health professionals and community partners.
The Downtown Clinic adds ad hoc clinics to its roster on evenings and weekends, mostly volunteer-based, in response to the sudden arrival of a large number of refugees from Syria arriving in Saskatoon and the lack of dedicated, coordinated and centralized health delivery service for this vulnerable and underserved population.