The Québec Medical Association Puts Patients at the Centre of the Health and Social Services System Reform

Montréal, September 30, 2014 - At this morning's press conference, the Québec Medical Association (QMA) supported the approach taken by the four major patient advocacy organizations and shared the concern of patients who feared that the reform proposed by Health Minister Gaétan Barrette would distance them from the decision-making centres. The intent of Bill 10 is to offer better care and better accessibility for patients. According to the QMA, patients need to be consulted and play a central role.

"Patients must have an active role on the health care team," stated Dr. Laurent Marcoux, President of the Québec Medical Association. We have been seeing a trend in this direction for several years now. For instance, the Choisir avec soin campaign, the French version of Choosing Wisely Canada, launched last April by the QMA, in collaboration with the Canadian Medical Association and the University of Toronto, encourages patients to talk to their doctor in order to determine the best treatment and avoid unnecessary procedures.

"At the QMA, we are convinced that evolving the health care system should also include patient input. In fact, last April, the patient advocacy organizations participated in the first Québec Symposium on Overdiagnosis, which the QMA organized. Patients are the users of the health care system. They must therefore be full partners in the health and social services system. The QMA encourages the patient advocacy organizations to continue with their efforts to be recognized by the Health Minister," concluded Dr. Marcoux.

About the QMA

The QMA comprises some 10,000 general practitioners, specialists, residents and medical students. Its mission is to bring together members of the Québec medical community in a context that promotes reflection and action in the best interests of the health of Quebecers.

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For information:

Denise Pelletier
Communications Coordinator
Québec Medical Association
Tel.: 514 866-0660
E-mail: denise.pelletier@amq.ca