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Health care in Québec in the second half of the 20th century

Drawn from the collections of the McCord Museum, this selection consists of some 60 cartoons on the health care system from the 1950s to today. Most of the drawings were done by cartoonists John Collins (1917-2007), Normand Hudon (1929-1997), Aislin (born 1942), Serge Chapleau (born 1945), Éric Godin (born 1964) and Garnotte (born 1951), who all worked, or still work, for Montreal newspapers.


  • Establishment of hospital insurance and health insurance programs
  • Labour conflicts in the health care system
  • Problems related to funding of Québec's public health care system

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"The Patient ? Oh No, That's the Doctor". (M965.199.856)

Drawing, cartoon
"The Patient ? Oh No, That's the Doctor".
John Collins
About 1966, 20th century

Nurses' strike in Quebec (M2002.133.243)

Drawing, cartoon
Nurses' strike in Quebec
Éric Godin
1999, 20th century

Budget cuts and prescription-drug insurance (M2007.69.27)

Drawing, cartoon
Budget cuts and prescription-drug insurance
Garnotte (alias Michel Garneau)
1996, 20th century