MONTREAL, Aug. 18, 2014 /CNW Telbec/ - The Québec Medical Association
(QMA) is embarking on a new phase today in its effort to tackle the
issue of overdiagnosis by unveiling an action plan that would allow major health budget savings. The plan is a result of
concerted action between the main stakeholders in the health care
system - physicians, representatives of medical and professional
associations, the Collège des médecins du Québec and other professional
orders, regional agencies and patient advocacy groups - subsequent to
the first Québec Symposium on Overdiagnosis.
Following the release of this action plan, the QMA requested a meeting
with the Minister of Health and Social Services, Dr. Gaétan Barrette,
in order to coordinate the efforts to be deployed over the next few
years to reach the expected results.
This action plan is the culmination of a process started in April 2013
with the publication of a discussion paper in which the QMA addressed
the urgent need to optimize clinical practice in order to redirect
approximately $5 billion to those activities that are most useful and
relevant to patients. The goal of the action plan released today is to
guide the actions that will be taken to reduce and prevent
overdiagnosis. It presents the main orientations and potential
The issue of overdiagnosis generated considerable interest among the
general public and health care stakeholders at the symposium and the
launch of the Choisir avec soin campaign last April. The latest newsstand version of L'Actualité focuses on this priority issue for the Québec health care system.
Because overdiagnosis is a global phenomenon, the QMA's initiatives are
also stirring international interest. At the suggestion of the
well-known British Medical Journal, the QMA will give an account of its work and achievements in this area
at the second international conference on the prevention of
overdiagnosis in Oxford, England, in a few weeks. At the request of
European government agencies/EU paying agents, the QMA will present the
results of its efforts in November.
"Overdiagnosis greatly impacts the quality and accessibility of the
health care offered to patients, and as a result, the efficiency of the
entire health care system," stated QMA President Dr. Laurent Marcoux.
"This problem has become a priority and we can no longer ignore it."
About the QMA
The QMA comprises some 10,000 general practitioners, specialists,
residents and medical students. Its mission is to bring together
members of the Québec medical community in a context that promotes
reflection and action in the best interests of the health of
SOURCE: Quebec Medical Association
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