Legault no longer excludes allowing disaffiliated doctors to work in the public | Elections Quebec 2022
His Minister of Health, Christian Dubé, however said the opposite at the start of the campaign.
François Legault interviewed at 98.5 Montreal (archives)
Doctors who do not participate in the Quebec health insurance plan could perhaps come and lend a hand in the public sector if the Coalition avenir Québec (CAQ) is returned to power, suggests François Legault.< /p>
We can't rule that out, said the outgoing Prime Minister, Wednesday morning, in an interview at 98.5 FM in Montreal.
Its Minister of Health and Social Services, Christian Dubé, who is running for re-election in the riding of La Prairie, in Montérégie, said the opposite at the start of the campaign.
We are not there at all, he said on September 3, indicating that the idea of allowing disaffiliated doctors to work both in the public and private sectors was rather defended by another group – the Conservative Party of Quebec, in this case.
We doctors, when they leave the system, they leave the system completely, it's their choice, he assured.
Currently, doctors in Quebec can work in the private and public sectors, as long as their acts are remunerated by the Régie de l'assurance maladie du Québec (RAMQ).
Those who wish to disaffiliate from the RAMQ and charge their patients can do so, but are subsequently prohibited from practicing in the public – in hospitals, for example.
That being said, lifting such a ban would mostly be done the other way round, according to Dr. David Lussier of the Institut universitaire de gériatrie de Montréal.
Doctors working in the public network would also work in the private network, to fill the days when they cannot work in the public sector (eg surgeons), he tweeted on Wednesday.
In general, a Legault 2.0 government would like to give more space to the private and community sectors in the field of health.
Its electoral platform is clear on this subject and argues that it is possible to do so in an efficient and responsible manner, without compromising on the principles of gratuity, equity and universality which constitute the foundation of our health system.
The CAQ would notably set up a new concept of private medical centers which, according to its own terms, would complement the existing service offer.
Sometimes the private sector manages to be more innovative in the way of organizing itself, pleaded Mr. Legault in an interview on Wednesday morning.
We l' x27;said, we even want to make two mini-hospitals – one in Montreal and one in Quebec – private, but where care would be free, he explained. Because I trust that the private sector is capable of innovating to be more efficient and to add [sic].
With the information of #x27;Alexandre Duval