Item 2008. - Paul Ramsey Interview

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Paul Ramsey Interview

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  • Dec. 1995 (Creation)

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1 audiocassette (62 min.)

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(1923 - 1999)

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Audio recording is an interview by Bridget Moran with Paul Ramsey. At the time of this interview (December 1995) Paul Ramsey was serving in the BC provincial government (NDP) as the Minister of Health and Minister Responsible for Seniors, a post he held from September 1993 to February 1996. Bridget Moran interviews Paul Ramsey on the state of health care in Prince George. Moran notes in the interview that this material is for an article that she is writing on the crisis in health care in Canada.

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  • Paul Ramsey discusses why doctors have left Northern BC; specifically the case of orthopedic surgeons leaving Prince George
  • Ramsey discusses burnout by physicians, more money in private sector
  • Ramsey discusses the impact of a two tier health care system in Canada; the treatment of health care as a ‘consumer good’
  • Ramsey compares the Canadian health care system with the U.S. health system
  • Discusses specific case of doctors in Prince George – re. the direct billings crisis in 1993
  • Ramsey describes changes in medical training; specialists versus general practitioners
  • Budget – cost of health care $6.6 billion – 1/3 of provincial expenditures; expecting cuts in health care by spring 1996
  • Expands on what he sees as the federal government’s view of universal health care in Canada; including views of individual politicians, both federally and provincially.
  • Bridget provides her views on the pitfalls of a two-tier health care system based on personal experiences and family members’ health care history
  • Ramsey provides his views on the British Columbia Medical Association
  • Ramsey discusses cases of Prince George doctors who started direct billings to patients and settlement of cases

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  • English

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Personal or academic use of materials is welcomed under the standard fair use and educational use clauses of Canadian Copyright Law. Commercial use is, however, forbidden without the express permission of the copyright holder. For information on obtaining written permission from the copyright holder, please contact the Northern B.C. Archives and Special Collections.

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At the time of this interview (December 1995) Paul Ramsey was serving in the BC provincial government (NDP) as the Minister of Health and Minister Responsible for Seniors, a post he held from September 1993 to February 1996, shortly after this interview took place.

Ramsey was first elected to the BC Legislative Assembly in 1991 and re-elected in 1996, representing the riding of Prince George North. In the NDP government Ramsey held various posts including previously as Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Forests.

His later government posts included Minister of Education (Feb.1998-Sept.1999); Minister of Education, Skills and Training (Jan.1997-Feb.1998 and Feb.-June1996); Minister of Environment, Lands and Parks (June 1996-Jan 1997); Minister of Finance & Corporate Relations (1999) and Minister Responsible for Northern Development (2000).

Before entering politics, Ramsey worked for 20 years as an instructor and administrator at colleges and universities in Canada and the United States. Born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, he completed graduate university education in the US before moving to BC in 1971 where he enrolled at the University of British Columbia. Ramsey was a teacher in Prince George at CNC and later at UNBC. Partial Source:

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