Special general meeting of QMA members

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SPECIAL GENERAL MEETING 
OF THE QUÉBEC MEDICAL ASSOCIATION
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NOTICE OF MEETING

Please note that a
special general meeting to discuss and adopt
a resolution to dissolve the corporation

will be held in the Palais room at Hôtel Le Westin Montréal
at 270 rue Saint-Antoine Ouest, Montréal, H2Y 0A3

ON SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 7, 2019
AT 9:30 A.M.

Michèle Pelletier, M.D.
Secretary-treasurer

ONLY VOTING MEMBERS PRESENT HAVE THE RIGHT TO VOTE AT THE GENERAL MEETING.
PROXY VOTING IS NOT ALLOWED.

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See the notice and the agenda in PDF format by clicking here.

Register online: CLICK HERE
Register by email: admin@amq.ca
Register by phone: 514-866-0660, ext. 200

Notice issued on August 1st, 2019

 

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The QMA and the CMA are joining forces to better serve Québec’s physicians

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SPECIAL IMPORTANT MESSAGE FROM THE QMA AND CMA
 

 

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The QMA and the CMA are joining forces to better serve Québec’s physicians

In recent years, Québec’s healthcare system has undergone a number of changes. While some have been positive and others less so, they have all pointed to the need for the system to adapt to a changing environment to better meet the needs of users, caregivers and patients.

These changes have also been felt at the medical association level, especially for voluntary member-based organizations such as the Québec Medical Association (QMA) and the Canadian Medical Association (CMA). With membership and engagement declining, our two organizations have decided to come together with a new model to unite the medical profession around common issues.

A new entity to represent Québec’s physicians

We are pleased to announce that, by the end of the year, the QMA and the CMA will combine their expertise to open a CMA office in Québec. This entity will replace the QMA office and take over its activities. The new branch in Montreal will be funded and staffed by the CMA to support physicians and improve population health. This project was endorsed by both the QMA and the CMA boards of directors.

This decision was not made lightly. The QMA is the Québec division of the CMA, and both organizations have always carried out joint initiatives. Therefore, making the QMA’s activities part of an expanded role by the CMA in Québec seemed to be the logical next step. The resources and knowledge of the tens of thousands of CMA members from coast to coast will also add a fresh perspective to health issues that matter to Quebecers, improving quality of care and instilling vitality into the medical profession.

Preserving the QMA’s mission was central for all parties involved in the project. With this entity, we can ensure we have a lasting presence in Québec and can continue to speak on behalf of members and the medical community.

In effect, the new entity will have an office in Montréal with staff working on key issues for physicians and the population. Advocacy will remain one of the central elements of its activities.  

What happens next?

A transition group made up of Dr. Michèle Pelletier and Dr. Vincent Demers from the QMA, and Dr. Laurent Marcoux and Dr. Bruno L’Heureux from the CMA, will oversee the migration to the new CMA entity in Québec. This group will look at combining projects and maintaining the QMA’s programs and training courses.

Once in place, the management of the new entity will report to the CMA. In place of a board of directors, the office will rely on the expertise of an advisory group made up mainly of Québec physicians, whose mission will be to guide and advise the new entity in achieving its objectives. The organization will have the leeway needed to advocate for Québec member physicians, while staying apprised of changes affecting the profession elsewhere in the country. Membership will be on a voluntary basis and fees will be $195 for a practicing physician.

While there are still several details to work out, we welcome this announcement that will bring renewed energy to Québec’s medical association landscape. Stay tuned for more information! We can tell you that you are invited to a special general meeting of the QMA on this topic on September 7 (see the notice by clicking here).

In recent years, the QMA’s work has sparked reflections, reactions, and changes to the healthcare system and with decision-makers. QMA and the CMA coming together in this new entity will allow the medical profession in Québec to continue shaping the key issues facing our healthcare system. That’s where this new entity is headed, and we encourage you to join it.

Dr. Hugo Viens, B.Sc., M.D., FRCSC
President, Québec Medical Association

Dr. Laurent Marcoux, M.D., M.Sc.
Past President, Canadian Medical Association

 

We encourage you to read the additional information by clicking on the links in the right-hand column.

 

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What does this mean for you?

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Am I losing my medical association?

No. The CMA and QMA strongly believe in the need for a sustained presence in Québec to unite the medical community. This means you’ll continue to have access to a non-unionized professional association with the power to shape the issues facing the health care system, unite the profession, and advocate on behalf of Québec’s physicians and their patients.

What will happen to my programs and training?

Preserving the QMA’s mission has been a priority for the CMA and QMA throughout this process. While many details are still being ironed out, a transition group made up of Québec physicians will be looking at the best options for the QMA’s projects, programs and training moving forward.

Who will advocate for me to the Québec government?

The new structure will be just as active as the QMA in representing your interests and having a voice in Québec.

Will I still get my discounts and insurance plans?

The transition group will be tasked with identifying the best options for Québec physicians moving forward.

How much will it cost me?

Your membership fee will go down. Membership will still be voluntary, but the fee will now be $195 for practising physicians. For more information, see the new fee schedule.

 

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A new fee schedule

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With the QMA set to become part of the CMA’s Québec office, new fees will be introduced. In the fall, you’ll be able to renew your membership with the CMA at the below rates.

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A smooth transition

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A smooth transition

Incorporating the QMA’s activities into a new structure will require a transition period. After the special general meeting of QMA members and up until December 31, 2019, the QMA and CMA will continue to provide member services. As of January 1, 2020, member services will be provided exclusively through the new structure.

 

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