Exhausted and dreading new government rules, more Quebec doctors are eyeing retirement – CBC

At least 945,000 Quebecers are still without a doctor, the province says

Apr 12, 2022

Dr. Perle Feldman has been a general practitioner in Montreal’s Parc-Extension neighbourhood for 40 years but faced with the government’s latest plans to get physicians to take on more patients, she is ready to retire from her practice and focus instead on training medical students.

“The plans of the government to micromanage us even more than they are already micromanaging has taken a lot out of all of us,” said Feldman, now 68. “We’ve been working like dogs throughout most of the pandemic.”

Many others are feeling the same.

Last year, 275 doctors either retired or notified the province’s health board, the Régie de l’assurance maladie du Québec (RAMQ), of their intention to retire within the next two years.

That number is up sharply from 2017, when 145 announced their intention to leave.

At least 1,000 family doctors are urgently needed in the province, said Dr. Marc-André Amyot, the president of the general practitioners’ association, the Fédération des médecins omnipraticiens du Québec (FMOQ).

Read more: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/montreal/exhausted-and-dreading-new-government-rules-more-quebec-doctors-are-eyeing-retirement-1.6416217

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