On May 11th and 12th 2017 AMS held an Invitational Symposium entitled Medicare: Past Reflections, Future Directions as part of our 80th Anniversary Celebrations. The event included a free Public Lecture and a full-day Symposium, bringing together international experts and global thought leaders from around the world. A huge thank you to all of our presenters, facilitators and especially our event Co-Chairs, Drs. Colleen Flood and Greg Marchildon, without whom this wonderful event wouldn’t have been possible.
The free Public Lecture by Professor Sally Sheard of the University of Liverpool, and Dr. Marchildon of the University of Toronto was a terrific kick off to our 80th Anniversary celebrations.
On May 12th AMS hosted, in collaboration with the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences, a full day invitational Symposium discussing the Past and Future of Medicare, with presenters from Australia, Canada, England, France Israel and the United States sharing their knowledge on how to solve present and future challenges in Canadian Medicare. Leading historical, economic, public policy, medical nursing and legal minds came together to debate the merits of modernizing the financing of Medicare, pharmacare, mental health and Medicare for First Nations, Metis and Inuit peoples, private health insurance and constitutional challenges.
The 80th Anniversary celebrations also included a gala dinner for those who have helped shape AMS over the past 80 years. Many of our past Board Members were in attendance and we had the honour of hosting Ms. Katherine Hannah, the daughter of our Founder, Dr. Jason Hannah and her grandson. Also in attendance were Mss. Dorothy and Lindsay Wilson, daughter and granddaughter of the late Dr. Donald Wilson, former AMS Board Chair and world renowned physician.
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