The QMA and CMA welcome the announcement on home care and await the next step

MONTRÉAL, July 13, 2016 /CNW Telbec/ - The Québec Medical Association (QMA) and the Canadian Medical Association (CMA) welcome yesterday's announcement by Quebec's Minister of Health and Social Services of a first allocation of $60 million to support home care. The QMA and CMA view this investment as a step in the right direction. Although it is not enough to meet all the needs of the target population, it will help vulnerable groups such as the elderly and the disabled.

"The people affected by this announcement are some of the most vulnerable. They have a precarious medical condition, and their financial situation can be unstable. This $60 million investment is a good start. We should remember that the government's budgetary restrictions have contributed to the erosion of services to the population, as well as other factors such as illegal incidental fees, which are permitted in Quebec," said QMA President Dr. Yun Jen.

"It's time to find innovative and sustainable solutions for the health of our senior citizens. Their needs should be a priority in the negotiation of a new health care accord between the federal government and the provinces and territories," added CMA President Dr.Cindy Forbes.

About the QMA

The Quebec Medical Association is made up of nearly 10,000 general practitioners, specialists, residents and medical students. Its goal is to unite the medical profession in Quebec in order to provide a space for reflection and allow actions that will benefit the health of the population.

About the CMA

The Canadian Medical Association (CMA) is the national voice of Canadian physicians. Founded in 1867, the CMA is a voluntary professional organization representing more than 83,000 of Canada's physicians and comprising 12 provincial and territorial medical associations and 60 national medical organizations. CMA's mission is helping physicians care for patients. The CMA will be the leader in engaging and serving physicians and be the national voice for the highest standards for health and health care.