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snagglepuss Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-09-10 12:03 AM
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209.  Yukon didn't have federally funded Medicare till 1972 however it did have,
as of 1961, socialized hospital insurance so if the Palins had friends in Whitehorse with hosptal insurance, it's conceivable they could have borrowed a card and used it frauduently. Whether they would have done so in an emergency is IMO unlikely.

From "Inventory to the Records of the Yukon Government, YRG 1, Series 12, Territorial Treasurer Records, 1951-1969" (PDF). Pages 5 and 6:

The Yukon Health Insurance Service (Y.H.I.S.) came into existence on July 1, 1961 to provide hospital insurance for all residents of the Yukon Territory. Its three objectives were: to relieve territorial residents of the burden of hospital costs; to assure hospitals of payment for services rendered; and to raise standards of hospital care.

Y.H.I.S. provided hospital insurance for Yukon residents without cost, as long as they had lived in Yukon for ninety days. The Yukon Government administered the plan. The federal Department of National Health and Welfare took responsibility for the standards of nursing, equipment, and medical aspects for the Yukon's three hospitals (Whitehorse, St. Mary's in Dawson, and Mayo)....

During the fiscal year 1961-1962, the Y.H.I.S. passed from its developmental stage to full operation as one of the twelve plans (provincial and territorial) which together formed the framework for a national plan of health services....
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