M2007.69.429 | Emergency-Bring your own bed

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Drawing, cartoon
Emergency-Bring your own bed
Garnotte (alias Michel Garneau)
2000, 21st century
Ink on card
22.9 x 30.4 cm
Gift of M. Michel Garneau
© McCord Museum
Keywords:  Anonymous citizen (162) , Crisis (453) , Cuts (44) , Economy (211) , figure (1849) , group (644) , Health care (19) , Mixed (25) , Patient (9) , People (413) , Political stakes (346) , Politics (1624) , Provincial (500) , Social crisis (87)
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Keys to History

This cartoon ridicules the government's impotence in seeking to solve the problem of congested emergency rooms, one of the failings of Canada's health care system. People are beginning to wonder what they have to do to get proper care.

  • What

    Despite new strategies developed by the government, including the shift to ambulatory care in the 1990s, the capacity of the health care system to meet demand has become a source of growing concern to the public and a major election issue.

  • Where

    Overcrowded hospital emergency rooms, where patients must often wait hours to see a doctor, have become a focal point of dissatisfaction.

  • When

    The shift to ambulatory care is a wide-ranging strategy implemented in the latter half of the 1990s to improve the efficiency of the health care system.

  • Who

    The patient pushing his own bed represents the average Quebecker.