Press Releases 2015

  • (InFrench only) Le ministre dévoile ses vraies intentions : un système de co-paiement

    Friday 13 November 2015

    Le ministre de la Santé et des Services sociaux vient non seulement de transformer en profondeur et à jamais le système de santé québécois, mais il vient de révéler ses vraies intentions: implanter un système de co-paiement des actes médicalement nécessaires. En entrevue ce matin à l’émission Gravel le matin, sur les ondes de Radio-Canada Première, le ministre a tenu des propos extrêmement inquiét...

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  • The Government Has Just Made Substantial Changes to the Québec Health Care System

    Thursday 08 October 2015

    Montréal, October 7, 2015, letter to the editor released to the media by the QMA – Québec’s health care system is experiencing dark days. The Health Minister’s amendment on incidental charges has just been unilaterally adopted without any public consultation. Written at the table while the Committee on Health was in session, this last-minute addition to the amendment to a bill that is unrelated to...

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  • The Québec Medical Association Speaks Out Against the Health Minister’s Anti-democratic Attitude Regarding Incidental Charges

    Monday 05 October 2015

    Montréal, October 5, 2015 - The Québec Medical Association (QMA) is speaking out against the attitude of the Minister of Health and Social Services, who disregarded the democratic process by tabling his amendment to Bill 20 regarding incidental charges without engaging in a public consultation. Considering the major impact of ratifying incidental charges and the resulting consequences on Quebecer...

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  • Seniors care a sorely neglected issue at the last leaders’ debate, according to the CMA, QMA

    Saturday 03 October 2015

    Ottawa, October 3rd 2015- Canadians were left in the dark as to how party leaders plan to care for the country’s aging population during Friday night’s French language debate broadcast on TVA, according to the Canadian Medical Association (CMA) and the Québec Medical Association (QMA). Both the CMA and the QMA commented on the fact that issues such as medical transfers, guaranteed income suppleme...

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  • Health makes breakthrough in the French-language leaders’ debate, says the QMA, CMA

    Friday 25 September 2015

    Ottawa, September 25, 2015 ¾ The Québec Medical Association (QMA) and the Canadian Medical Association (CMA) congratulate the organizers of the first French-language leaders’ debate for pushing federal leaders to formally address the issue of health care for the first time in the current election campaign. The QMA and the CMA took due note of the opening discussions on controlling drug costs, inc...

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  • No to extra billing for health services - Letter to the Editor from Dr. Yun Jen

    Thursday 24 September 2015

    In a few days, or even a few hours, the Québec government will hastily and unilaterally adopt a set of amendments to Bill 20 to legalize the fees charged to patients in clinics for insured services, commonly called “incidental charges”. These amendments will modify Québec’s health insurance. The discussion being proposed by the Québec Medical Association (QMA) is not about questioning the governm...

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  • The Québec Medical Association asks the Government for a public debate on the issue of incidental fees

    Friday 11 September 2015

    MONTRÉAL, Sept.11, 2015 /CNW Telbec/ - Considering the major effects of incidental fees on Quebecers' health, the Québec Medical Association(QMA) is asking the Québec Government for a public debate on the issue, and that any proposed changes go through a full parliamentary process, including consultation. Within this context, the QMA is concerned with the Minister's recent statement abou...

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  • Where There Are Rights, There Are Also Obligations - Letter to the Editor from Dr. Yun Jen

    Thursday 03 September 2015

    Letter to the Editor from Dr. Yun Jen, President of the Québec Medical Association Where There Are Rights, There Are Also Obligations Montréal, September 2, 2015, letter to the editor released to the media by the QMA – As President of the Québec Medical Association (QMA), I am concerned by the decision of palliative care hospices and centres to refuse to provide their clientele with medic...

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  • QMA proposes solutions to Health Minister, to avoid charging for incidental costs

    Thursday 02 July 2015

    MONTREAL, July 2, 2015 - The Québec Medical Association (QMA), which recognizes that charging patients for incidental costs could lead to two-tier medicine, suggests that the Minister tackle the problem of unnecessary medical procedures, combat overdiagnosis and overtreatment, and review the basket of services to ensure elimination of medically unnecessary procedures. This would free up $3- to $5 ...

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

    Monday 25 May 2015

    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 suspen...

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