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Mathias Sevrin Anderson was born on October 22, 1882 in Hoddevik, Norway to A. and Olina (Amundson) Anderson. In 1902, Anderson emigrated to North America and in 1904, he applied for a homestead in the North-West Territories (later known as Saskatchewan). Anderson farmed in the Bulyea district.
Anderson was elected to the council of McKillop Rural Municipality No. 220 in 1922. He served as a councilor (1922-1930) and reeve (1930-1949). Around 1927, Anderson developed a province-wide health insurance plan which he put before the annual meeting of the Saskatchewan Association of Rural Municipalities. When the plan failed to receive support, Anderson focused on developing a health plan for residents of his municipality. After receiving overwhelming support in a 1938 plebiscite, the plan was introduced to the Saskatchewan Legislature. In March, 1939 the bill called 'An Act Respecting Medical and Hospital Services for Municipalities' was passed. Often referred to as the 'Matt Anderson Bill', it allowed municipalities to collect taxes for health services, a concept that was later adopted at the regional and provincial level.
Anderson's memoir, Bold Experiment: a pioneer's vision of health care, written with Harold S. Longman, was published in 1969. Anderson died on July 24, 1974.
Anderson married Martha Amundson in Norway on March 26, 1905. They had seven children: Andrew, Amund, Margaret, Mathew, Helmer, Otto and Dorothy.