I have heard this same proposal made by others, including one association of returned men, who said they thought that by this time we should give up our departmental hospitals and place all soldier patients in civilian hospitals. But I do not believe the cost would be much if any less
than under the present system. I put the suggestion to other returned soldier associations; I discussed it informally with the members of an association at a convention, and I was told it would not be popular with the soldiers to place ex-soldier patients in civilian hospitals. In the hospitals under the department they have the comradeship of their own friends; they have returned soldier doctors, nurses and orderlies; they are treated as a class by themselves. I do not believe it would please the ex-soldiers if I were to adopt the suggestion of my hon. friend, although I admit it was strongly pressed upon me by a returned soldiers' organization, so he is by no means alone in his view.