NIAGARA FALLS, ON, Aug. 25 /CNW Telbec/ - Physicians must take on a
greater role and become accountable partners in management of the
To achieve this goal, the professional relationship between physicians
and the healthcare system needs to be modernized, since the network
remains at a standstill despite successive reforms. The reason? One
significant obstacle: Most doctors in Canada are self-employed, and
practising within a public health network.
"This status protects the physician's professional autonomy when dealing
with the payment officer. Granted, the patient's well-being is at stake,
but medicine has evolved and is more complex today, and we are no longer
able to achieve progress in the healthcare system because of the
resistance to adoption of progressive measures on the part of some
physicians, who are fearful of losing their autonomy," asserted Dr.
Jean-François Lajoie, President of the Québec Medical Association.
"An important step in changing this situation, however, has now been
accomplished. The QMA delegation to the Canadian Medical Association's
General Council - a delegation comprised of some 20 Quebec-based
physicians - had a motion adopted, whereby a working group would be
created and mandated with studying how the professional relationship
between physician and network could be updated. This motion, steered by
my colleague Dr. Pierre Harvey, was endorsed by 85% of participants who
share the QMA's conviction that modernizing the professional
relationship will increase doctors' ability to act, by granting them a
larger role as accountable partners in managing the organization," added
Moreover, the QMA - which regularly organizes events focusing on
innovative medical practices - intends to actively participate in this
committee's work. Over the years, the QMA has called on internationally
renowned organizations, such as Kaiser Permanente, to identify paths
that will enable physicians to provide their patients with quality care
and derive real satisfaction from their work.
The Québec Medical Association is made up of more than 9,500 general
practitioners, specialists, residents and medical students. Its motto,
"Doctors in Action", demonstrates the QMA's mission: to bring together
all members of Quebec's medical community, in order to improve the
conditions for practising medicine and the health of Quebec's population.
SOURCE Québec Medical Association
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