M997.52.197 | Good news, Sir, your operation is scheduled for tomorrow...

Drawing, cartoon
Good news, Sir, your operation is scheduled for tomorrow...
Serge Chapleau
1996, 20th century
Graphite on paper
43.2 x 35.5 cm
Gift of M. Serge Chapleau
© McCord Museum
Keywords:  Cartoon (19139) , Drawing (18637) , drawing (18379) , politics (10928)
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"Clearly, a spoof... Some things never change."

Serge Chapleau

  • What

    The aging of the population, in conjunction with significant cuts in health care funding, have seriously compromised Quebec's hospitals. Perhaps the most critical problem is the long waiting lists for essential services.

  • Where

    In Canada, the provinces are responsible for providing health care services. However, the federal government helps finance health care. Reductions in federal funding along with the rising costs of health care have caused problems in every province and territory of Canada.

  • When

    Since the early 1990s, Canadians have become increasingly concerned about health care.

  • Who

    Health care professionals have been working in a pressure-cooker environment since the middle of the 1990s: budget cuts, the massive departure of trained professionals after they were offered early retirement buy-outs... All these factors have led to a crisis in health care that both the unions and media brought to public attention.