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David Lloyd George

David Lloyd George (1863–1945), a Welshman, entered Parliament in 1890 and remained a member for 55 years, serving as British Prime Minister from 1916 to 1922. His successful introduction of a National Insurance Act in 1911, based on Bismarck’s social legislation, remains one of his greatest achievements. The act was initially unpopular with both employers and employees, because they were unconvinced that it would deliver better services than the contracts offered by unions, friendly societies and insurance companies. Despite opposition from the British Medical Association, the legislation passed and gave the British state an expanded role in delivering health services to its people, setting an example for the rest of the British Empire, including Canada.

David Lloyd George, who brought in national health insurance for British workers in 1911

David Lloyd George, who brought in national health insurance for British workers in 1911.
Library and Archives Canada, Patent and Copyright Office, C-007525

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