Que psychiatrists offered training courses at Club Med
The Quebec Association of Psychiatrists is holding another one of its training workshops at a Club Med in the sunny south. And Quebec taxpayers are on the hook for part of the costs.
Last year, the training session was in the Riviera Maya in Mexico, this year it'll be at the Punta Canada Club Med in the Dominican Republic in early March.
Association members who attend can claim $400 per three hour or half day training session, so up to $2000, from Quebec's health insurance board. That covers about half the cost of the trip.
The association tells the Journal de Montreal that they can get more of its members to go by combining the training sessions with spring break, so they can bring family along, and also fulfil part of the 90 hours of training they have to do.
Paul Brunet with the Quebec Council for the Protection of Patients said he understands the training is necessary so long as there's a system of checks and balances.
"We should not have to pay for their travelling and certainly not for any surrounding expenses that do not have to do with their training," Brunet told CJAD 800 News.
Dr. John Bray, a West Island OBGYN, said members of the medical profession have to keep up their accreditation.
"We have to cancel our offices, we have no remuneration for this but we are required by law to have these hours," Bray said.
Quebec's federation of medical specialists and the province's health ministry say so long as the criteria for accreditation are respected, they see nothing wrong with such trips, comparing them to similar ones organized by universities.
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