A Leader in Health Policy
As Deputy Minister of National Health for the Government of Canada (1970-1974), Maurice LeClair distinguished himself with his forward-thinking approach to the economic and social challenges of traditional health care delivery. He attracted international recognition with the 1974 publication, A New Perspective on the Health of Canadians, co-authored by The Honourable Marc Lalonde, then Minister of National Health & Welfare. The document, considered a masterpiece in health care policy, identifies the key determinants of health that had remained essentially unchanged to this day. For decades, government offices and university campuses in Canada and around the world have used A New Perspective to orient their health care policy.
Dr. Maurice LeClair and The Honourable Marc Lalonde were jointly nominated and inducted into the Canadian Medical Hall of Fame.