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Quebec announces measures to ease the workload of doctors

Photo: iStockphoto According to Quebec, new measures will allow family doctors to add more than 138,000 medical appointments per year.

The Canadian Press in Quebec


  • Quebec

The Quebec government announced Tuesday measures which, it assures, will increase the time that Quebec doctors dedicate to their patients and reduce their administrative burden.

From now on, the government will allow doctors to determine for themselves when their patients compensated by the Commission for Standards, Equity, Health and Safety at Work (CNESST) should be reviewed for follow-up that they consider clinically relevant.

For example, a patient on sick leave for a fracture normally takes eight weeks to recover. He currently has to see his doctor every three weeks to have a form completed allowing him to keep his compensation. However, his doctor can now decide to see him again in eight weeks.

In addition, Quebec abolishes the duplication of the form for requests for long-term care accommodation.

This form is currently completed first by a professional and then by a doctor for validation. From now on, the doctor will no longer have to complete this form twice, which will give him more time and will speed up the processing of requests for admission to the network's services, particularly in CHSLDs.

The press release from the Ministers of Health and Social Services, Christian Dubé, and of Labor, Jean Boulet, specifies that these new measures were put in place in collaboration with the Federation of General Practitioners of Quebec (FMOQ), the CNESST and several other partners, and according to their recommendations.

The government of Quebec anticipates that these improvements will add more than 138,000 medical appointments per year for Quebecers.

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Teilor Stone

By Teilor Stone

Teilor Stone has been a reporter on the news desk since 2013. Before that she wrote about young adolescence and family dynamics for Styles and was the legal affairs correspondent for the Metro desk. Before joining Thesaxon , Teilor Stone worked as a staff writer at the Village Voice and a freelancer for Newsday, The Wall Street Journal, GQ and Mirabella. To get in touch, contact me through my teilor@nizhtimes.com 1-800-268-7116