Canada: SASKATCHEWAN: $5 Health Plan

In Saskatchewan last week taxpayers poured into municipal offices and queued up before wickets to fork over their $5. They were getting under the wire with payment of the new head tax levied by the CCF for the first Government-controlled hospitalization plan in North America. Maximum tax: $30 a family a year. Those who failed to pay faced a 10% surtax and a $25 fine. All told, the CCF collected about $2,000,000. That, plus the $1,000,000 coming from other Government revenue, was considerably short of the $4,500,000 a year the plan is expected to cost.

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