The Final Report on the Health Summit Made Public: Certain Ideas Are Favoured, Others are Rejected And the Collège des médecins Sets Its Own Priorities

    MONTREAL, Nov. 20 /CNW Telbec/ - The final report on the Health Summit
organized by the Collège des médecins du Québec at the beginning of the month
was made public at a press conference today. Several concrete ideas were
brought forward as being favoured during the three days of active exchange,
while various other proposals suggested by the participants were rejected.
    The recommendations outlined hereinafter must not be interpreted as an
official position of the participating organizations, including the Collège
des médecins. In summary, the parties attending the Summit were in favour of
maintaining public funding and of carefully exploring a public-private
collaborations in the delivery of services. They also advocated a review of
the list of insured services, an examination of the existing coverage offered
through the three current regimens (health insurance, hospitalization
insurance, drug insurance), and not imposing additional costs directly on
patients. At the same time, they expressed agreement with the implementation
of the computerized chart, however, they support the ability to be able to
"opt out" rather than "opt in".
    Moreover, the majority of participants voiced their opposition to a
number of proposals. These include private funding, "ticket modérateur", for
profit hospitals, the direct payment of non-medical expenses by patients, and
the new compulsory payment plan to cover needs related to ageing and the loss
of autonomy.
    "It is important to keep in mind that the work accomplished at the Summit
is a kind of buffet of participant recommendations," Dr. Yves Lamontagne,
President and Chief Executive Officer of the College des médecins, pointed out
at the press conference. "With the publication of these results, each
participant or organization can pick and choose from this buffet based on
their particular situation and need, as the items on the table are merely
    For its part, the Collège des médecins has already selected from the
buffet by establishing its own set of priorities. "In order to ensure a
greater availability of doctors in Quebec," emphasized Collège Secretary,
Dr. Yves Robert, "our prime concerns include an insistence on appropriate
training and recognition of family physicians, conducting discussions with the
Government regarding alternatives to PREM and PEM, improving the services
offer delivered by physicians (scheduling, organization of work, sharing of
professional activities), and exploring the widening of physicians offer
during their residency training (moonlighting)."

    The Collège des médecins' Health Summit marked a first in Quebec. The
working session assembled key players from all levels of the province's health
network, with the exception of politicians. Of those in attendance, 16%
represented the general public, 17% were physicians, 43% were professionals
working within the network, and 24% were professionals from outside public
healthcare. According to 90% of the participants, the assembly helped them
gain a better understanding of the realities of the different players within
the health network.
    The primary objective of the Summit was to find creative solutions and
formulate practical, concrete and viable proposals in the short-term for
improving the care and services offered to the population.

For further information:

For further information: Anne Roy, Communications Department, Collège
des médecins du Québec, (514) 795-4441

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