2018 Quebec Election
While Quebec is immersed in the election campaign, the QMA is closely monitoring the commitments made by the various political parties in the area of healthcare and social services. Between now and October 1, we will share with you our summary of the policy directions and promises of the various political parties.
Québec Solidaire promises
Increased dental care coverage
One of the core promises of Québec Solidaire (QS) is full, publicly funded dental care coverage for children and teenagers under age 18. Individuals over age 18 would be reimbursed up to 80% (cleaning and preventive care) or 60% (curative dental care).
According to the Léger polling firm’s barometer of political promises, QS is spot on with this proposal, which ranks second among the most popular commitments, just below the Coalition Avenir Québec party’s promise to reduce wait times in hospital emergency rooms to 90 minutes.
Critics doubt that such a measure, estimated by QS to cost $950 million per year, is realistic or reasonable. Québec Solidaire justifies the scale of its investment by the significant costs currently covered by the public healthcare system, given that 5,700 children undergo dental surgery under anesthesia every year because of a lack of preventive care.
Physicians’ remuneration: “putting an end to the hemorrhaging of public funds”
Québec Solidaire plans to use this second commitment to fund the first: reduce the remuneration for medical specialists by 12% to enable the government to recover $925 million.
Like the Parti Québécois and the Coalition Avenir Québec, QS would like physician remuneration methods to be reviewed, but it is clear that a Québec Solidaire government would reintroduce salaries in public institutions.
Other healthcare promises:
- Expanded home care services;
- Local community service centres (CLSCs) open 24 hours per day, seven days a week;
- A universal, publicly funded drug insurance plan (RAMPU);
- A public agency, Pharma Quebec, to oversee the bulk purchasing of pharmaceuticals, generic drug production and pharmaceutical research and innovation.