Agreement between FMOQ and Ministère de la Santé: Collaboration as a cure for the problem of access to health care

Montreal, May 25, 2015 – The Quebec Medical Association (QMA) and the Canadian Medical Association (CMA) welcomed with interest the agreement signed earlier today between the Fédération des médecins omnipraticiens du Québec (FMOQ), the association representing general practitioners in the province, and the Ministère de la Santé et des Services sociaux, the provincial health ministry.

The suspension of patient quotas for general practitioners and the establishment of a new target with respect to access to a family doctor for 85% of Quebecers by December 31, 2017, are two announcements that respond to the concerns both associations raised in their joint brief and exceed initial goals outlined in Bill 20.

In taking stock of the agreement, the QMA and the CMA conclude that collaboration between the government and health care providers — as called for a number of times in their joint brief — has really paid off for the entire population.

“All the QMA’s recommendations in its brief on Bill 20 are echoed in the agreement presented today. This proves that physicians are central to the solution and that collaboration with the medical profession is the best avenue for ensuring the public receives better services. We encourage the minister to continue working with all health care providers,” said Dr. Yun Jen, president of the QMA.

The QMA and the CMA intend to take an active role in improving access to primary care by building on best practices that have proven effective in other Canadian jurisdictions.

“Timely access to care is essential to people’s well-being, and we’re pleased with the agreement,” stated Dr. Chris Simpson, president of the CMA. “Every improvement in the health care system with respect to access to care has arisen from a partnership between government and the medical profession. Today’s agreement reflects this.”

About the QMA

The Quebec Medical Association comprises nearly 10,000 general practitioners, specialists, residents and medical students. Its mission is to bring together members of Quebec’s medical community in a context that promotes reflection and action in order to improve the health of Quebec’s 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 that represents more than 80,000 of Canada’s physicians and comprises 12 provincial and territorial medical associations and 60 national medical organizations. The CMA’s mission is helping physicians care for patients. The CMA will be the leader in engaging and serving physicians, and the national voice for the highest standards of health and health care.