Orphan patients: there is still work to be done, admits Legault

Orphan patients: there is still work to do, admits Legault


More patients will be able to be taken care of when the agreement reached with doctors under the previous Liberal government expires, François Legaut argued on Tuesday as the number of patients waiting rose by 60% in four years. 

Four years ago, the number of Quebecers on a waiting list to have access to a family doctor or to a family medicine group (FMG) was approximately 480,000 people. Today, nearly 815,000 people find themselves in this situation.

“At the time, there were people who did not register on the list,” explained François Legault, passing through Laval to present his candidate in Laval-des-Rapides, Céline Haytayan.

The Prime Minister admitted that “there is still work to be done”, but he argued that the things did improve during his tenure.

“When we arrived in October 2018, there were 6.4 million Quebecers who had access to a family doctor or a FMG. Today there are 6.7 million. So there are 300,000 more people who have access to a family doctor, to a FMG,” he said.

Mr. Legault also believes that his government's hands are tied by the agreement that the Liberals of Philippe Couillard had concluded with family doctors, and which will expire in March 2023.

“Christian Dubé has managed, in recent months, to reopen this agreement, and we have added 288,000 more who have access to a family medicine group.”

The agreement reached last May with the FMOQ provided for the care of 250,000 people as of July 31. In the end, 288,709 Quebecers had been registered as of August 3.

The Prime Minister added that the Federation of General Practitioners of Quebec (FMOQ) has undertaken to take care of 250,000 patients by March 31, 2023, after which the government will negotiate a new agreement with the Federation.

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