"Knowing one's rights to better control one's life and health." - Me Jean-Pierre Ménard, Ad.E.
MONTRÉAL, Jan. 20, 2015 /CNW Telbec/ - Québec citizens, who make use of the provincial health care system, will be thrilled to learn that they now have free access to a new online legal source. VosDroitsEnSanté.com, borne of the expertise of the Ménard, Martin law firm, specialized in the representation of health care system users since 1985, is the first guide of its kind in Québec to focus on the rights of health care system users. This guide aims to improve said users' access to information with regard to their legal rights when they seek or receive services from the health care system.
At a time when several reforms tabled for Québec's health care system have an impact on user rights, citizens may have a hard time making sense of everything. In such a context, VosDroitsenSanté.com represents a key resource to better understand these changes.VosDroitsEnSanté.com aims to provide Quebecers access to quality information on the rights and responsibilities of health care system users, as well as the means to see said rights enforced.
"After several years spent representing health care system users in the defense of their rights, I came to realize that citizens, as well as a large number of service providers, be they physicians, nurses or administrators, had very little information on their rights and obligations", said Me Jean-Pierre Ménard Ad.E., Founding Partner of law firm Ménard, Martin and author of VosDroitsEnSanté.com. "The information available through this website aims to help citizens that make use of the health care system reclaim their decision-making power, as well as control over their life and health."
An exceptional tool for all Quebecers
This legal information website is primarily designed for users. It is aimed for those who seek general information regarding the health care system, private resources and organizations linked to the system, as well as those who would like more specific and specialized information on, among other topics:
- access to a medical file, either for oneself or a third party;
- personal rights over one's body, including consent to care;
- mental health rights;
- decisions pertaining to the end of life, including preset medical instructions and end-of-life care;
- senior citizen rights.
Navigating the website
Users can navigate the website by using the site plan, accessing various sections or chapters through tabs, consulting the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) section or using the search field.
The website features several links to specific sections, as well as external reference sites, which may be useful complements to the information it provides.
The Dans l'actualité section pertains to current affairs that may affect user rights, as well as recent legislation and rulings, while the Sujets les plus consultés section enables to quickly access a given section's most searched elements.
The website will be updated as Québec's applicable laws and jurisprudence evolve, as well as to reflect current events. Bills, political statements and situations that may impact user rights will also be commented therein.
About law firm Ménard, Martin
Law firm Ménard, Martin has specialized in defending Québec's health care system users since 1985. Its practice focuses on promoting health care accessibility, quality and safety, as well as representing vulnerable individuals within the health care system. Through its renowned expertise, the firm's team handles over half of the medical accountability lawsuits at the hospital and dental care level in Québec. It currently offers its services across the province.
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For further information: To obtain more information or schedule an interview with Me Jean-Pierre Ménard, please contact: Christine Tourigny, Massy Forget Langlois Public Relations, Office: 514 842-2455, ext. 21, Mobile: 514 743-9048, [email protected]