The CAQ wants to increase the private medical service space

(Montreal) The Coalition avenir Québec (CAQ) wants to increase the role of the private sector in health by launching a call for proposals for the construction of two new private medical centers between the Family Medicine Group (GMF) and the Treatment Hospital minor illnesses. No need to go to the emergency room.

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These new centers will be located in Montreal and Quebec. A Family Medicine Group (GMF) is open 7 days a week, offering 24-hour emergency care for minor problems that do not require hospitalization and operating theaters for day surgeries. The services offered there are provided by the Régie de l’assurance maladie du Québec (RAMQ).

The president of the CAQ, François Legault, made the announcement on Saturday in the east of Montreal. If his party forms the next government on October 3, a call for proposals will be launched and the centers will receive their first patients in 2025.

“Hospital emergency rooms are still often the main point of entry for patients, as they have no other choice. They need care, but their health does not require access to technical platforms and specialized services such as hospitals, which contributes to the complexity of the network, ”explains the party.

“There is sometimes a lack of a type of establishment between the GMF and the hospital, as provided for in the health plan, so that the patient receives the right care at the right time, from the right person. Care is needed, but not necessarily in the emergency room,” he added.

Thus, the CAQ wishes: “These local services developed and managed by the private sector will reduce the pressure on hospitals. »

Christine E. Phillips