The QMA and professionalism since 2013

Since 2013, the QMA has given a lot of consideration to the health care issues that led it to identify numerous challenges faced by the health care system, whether they were related to organization, appropriateness or medical leadership. Through its position statements, it has helped to encourage in-depth discussion and has proposed solutions to improve the practice of medicine for the benefit of the population.

 

2013

THE QMA TACKLES THE ISSUE OF OPTIMIZING CLINICAL PRACTICE
Over $5 billion improperly spent in the health care system

“Everyone can contribute. Optimizing Québec’s health care system is the responsibility of the entire medical profession, stakeholders in the system, managers, the government and patients. Everyone must make an effort. Physicians are central to the solution. They have the ability and responsibility to take on a decisive role to transform health care in Québec.”

– Dr. Ruth Vander Stelt, 2011-2013 president

 

2014

THE QMA TARGETS OVERDIAGNOSIS, A MAJOR ISSUE IN OPTIMIZING CLINICAL PRACTICE
Organization of the first Québec symposium on overdiagnosis attended by health care professionals, patients and system managers

“Furthermore, unnecessary tests, treatments and procedures put greater pressure on the resources in our health care system.  By eliminating overdiagnosis and overtreatment at all levels in the health care system, we could free up human and economic resources in order to offer better quality care and greater access to this care.”

– Dr. Laurent Marcoux, 2013-2015 president

 

2015

THE QMA BEGINS A CONSULTATION ON THE SOCIAL CONTRACT
Publication of a survey and report on the role of the medical profession in the governance of Québec’s health care system

“With the current transformation of the health care system, it is even more important for physicians to fulfil their side of the social contract in the interests of society. We no longer have a choice. The credibility of our profession is being increasingly called into question and we have to show leadership if we want to keep our professional autonomy.” 

– Dr. Yun Jen, 2015-2017 president

 

2016

THE QMA BROADENS THE DISCUSSION ON CLINICAL GOVERNANCE
Publication of a report showing the importance of clinical governance for more efficient management of health care and services

“The effect will not be instant, but by combining their efforts, allowing a new medical leadership to emerge and being more receptive to interprofessional collaboration, physicians will be able to improve access to care and the integration of changes. By engaging in a new clinical governance, where responsibilities are shared between administrators and physicians, and where their knowledge contributes to medical administration decisions, physicians would be part of the change, rather than its victims.”

– Dr. Yun Jen, 2015-2017 president

 

2017

THE QMA CONSULTS PHYSICIANS ON THE RENEWAL OF PROFESSIONALISM
Training-consultation workshops across Québec to get a general overview of the current situation of medical professionalism and to define winning options

“Individually, we are capable of making wise use of public resources. Collectively, the medical profession must play a leadership role in organizing and improving health care services for the population. We are in fact in a very good position to do this. The medical profession knows what patients need and has the tools to improve the organization of services, namely through the intervention of physician executives.”

– Dr. Hugo Viens, current president