Registration with a family doctor: the CAQ lowers its target to that of the liberals

Inscription à un médecin de famille: la CAQ abaisse sa cible à celle des libéraux

In June, the minister Danielle McCann said that the upcoming reform of the mode of remuneration of 9000 omnipraticiens du Québec (the government Legault wants to set a portion thereof, prorated to the number of patients cared for by family physicians) will go beyond the target of 85 % set by the government Couillard.

December 5, 2019 20h36

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Registration with a family doctor: the CAQ lowers its target to that of the liberals

Inscription à un médecin de famille: la CAQ abaisse sa cible à celle des libéraux

Elizabeth Fleury

The Sun

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The minister of Health, Danielle McCann, was in June a target of 95% of Quebecers registered to a family doctor by the end of the present mandate of the government Legault. However, this target does not appear in the strategic plan 2019-2023 of the ministry of Health and social Services (MSSS), which refers rather to an enrolment rate of… 85 % by 2022-2023, the same as the one fixed under the liberals.

At 31 march last year, more than 6 million Quebecers, or 81 % of the eligible population, had a family doctor, and approximately 540, 000 people were waiting at the Counter for access.

In June, the minister Danielle McCann said that the upcoming reform of the mode of remuneration of 9000 omnipraticiens du Québec (the government Legault wants to set a portion thereof, prorated to the number of patients cared for by family physicians) will go beyond the target of 85 % set by the government Couillard.

In Ontario, where a system of capitation is in force since 15 years, with 95 % of patients have a family doctor, compared Danielle McCann. The minister of Health said, he wished to reach the same target in Quebec, “in as much that there is 95 % of Quebecers who want a family doctor”.

The strategic plan 2019-2023 filed Wednesday by the ministry of Health does not mention this target of 95 %. The objectives are instead of 82% for 2019-2020, 83% for 2020-2021, 84% for 2021-2022 and 85% for 2022-2023.

The department of Health agrees, however, to increase by 2022-2023 to 85 % the percentage of persons having consulted a health professional within 36 hours, that is to say, on the same day of their application or the next day.

In its strategic plan, the ministry of Health there is this small note at the bottom of the page : “Note that the targets relating to the registration with a family doctor as well as the access to the inside of 36 hours could be increased depending on the evolution of the agreement on the remuneration of doctors”.

Mental health

Moreover, on several occasions since his appointment, the minister McCann said improving access to mental health services. This spring, she is committed to eliminating the waiting lists at the counter for access. Her goal, she said, in particular, was that by the spring of 2020, any individual with a mental health problem, regardless of their age, have access, free of charge, and in a timely manner, to the services required by his condition.

In its strategic plan for 2019-2023, the ministry of Health is more careful. “The MINISTRY intends to improve access to mental health services] over the next few years so that by 2023, the waiting list for service in mental health has decreased by 90 % compared to 2019”.

By 2019, more than 15 000 people (adult and youth) were in need of a service in the mental health, of which about 12 000 first-line and approximately 3000 as second-line.

The department aims to reduce the number of people waiting for service in mental health to 11 530 2019-2020, to 6150 in 2020-2021, at 2307 in 2021-2022 and 1538 in 2022-2023.

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