If every Quebecer can’t have a family doctor, what comes next? – CBC

Stable staffing, fewer restrictions and more flexibility could help improve access, doctors say

Sep 23, 2022

Four years ago, the Coalition Avenir Québec promised everyone a family doctor.

To reach that goal, the government went on the offensive, becoming embroiled in an often-acrimonious debate with doctors aimed at forcing them to take on more patients.

Less than a week into the CAQ’s re-election campaign, the party ditched that 2018 election promise, admitting it’s unachievable.

“Finally!” said Dr. Ariane Murray, a family doctor and head of Montreal’s regional department of general medicine. “Not everyone needs a family doctor. They need access to care when they need it.”

It’s a sentiment the CAQ apparently shares. If re-elected, it has promised to launch a new digital platform to help patients make appointments with the appropriate health professional when they need care.

Read more: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/montreal/quebec-family-doctors-election-1.6591444

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