QMA urges Minister Monique Jérôme-Forget to follow example of Barack Obama and invest more in healthcare

    MONTREAL, Feb. 19 /CNW Telbec/ - At the occasion of the pre-budget
consultations of Quebec's finance ministry, the Québec Medical Association
(QMA) is urging Minister Monique Jérôme-Forget to remember healthcare in her
infrastructure investment programs and to follow the example of the
initiatives of American President Barack Obama in that regard.
    "According to the published data, of the 787 billion US dollars which the
American government is investing in its economic recovery, 130 billion dollars
are additional amounts for medical and healthcare infrastructures. Moreover,
41 billion dollars will be invested to accelerate the computerization of
public and private health networks and more than one billion for cataloguing
best practices for chronic disease care. These projects should inspire
Quebec's finance minister because one dollar invested in health is as
profitable for the government as one dollar invested in concrete," declared
QMA President Dr. Jean-Bernard Trudeau.
    "The transformation of the Quebec health network gave good results. This
is not the time to stop that process but rather to accelerate it by investing
in information technologies dedicated to top quality care. This means
accelerating the transformation of the network with winning practices,
explained Dr. Trudeau. Information technologies allow for the efficient
sharing of medical information and ensure the accuracy and reliability of the
information exchanged between the different health professionals. By avoiding
the useless duplication of exams and tests, information technologies have a
direct impact on the productivity of doctors, who can dedicate more time to
what they were trained for: tending to the sick. At the end of the day, all
members of the population will win."

    A timely congress

    The QMA will hold its 12th annual congress on the theme "Mastering the
Present to Understand the Future." On April 3 and 4, some 9,500 member doctors
of the QMA are invited to take part in an assessment exercise to identify the
best medical practices and the best technologies allowing to participate
actively in this transformation and to influence the decisions that impact
their professional environment.

    About the Québec Medical Association

    The Québec Medical Association (QMA) is a non-union organization
comprised of general practitioners, specialists, residents, as well as medical
students. Its mission is to bring together the members of Québec's medical
community in a context that promotes reflection and action in order to improve
the conditions for practising medicine and the health of Québec's population.

For further information:

For further information: Véronique Arsenault, Chief Communication
Officer, (514) 923-9371, veronique.arsenault@amq.ca; Source: Québec Medical

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