Health Minister tells Jewish General Hospital to focus on treating Montrealers

Rejean Hebert denies off island patients aren't welcome.

Health Minister says health care at Montreal hospitals accessible to all.
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The PQ's health minister denies health care services at Montreal hospitals won't be accessible to off island patients but Rejean Hebert does admit he's told the Jewish General Hospital to focus on treating Montrealers.

"What I've said, personally, to the Jewish General is do not outreach people from outside the island because they should focus on the Montreal people." he tells CJAD's Aaron Rand Show.

Hebert says cancer treatments are excellent at hospitals outside the Montreal area and says more and more patients are choosing to be cared for closer to home.

The minister says budgets will have to be re-adjusted as the volume of patients decreases.

Officials at the Jewish General meantime tell The Gazette the opposite is true and that it doesn't have the resources to continue treating beyond its capacity.

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  1. Murray posted on 02/12/2014 11:22 PM
    This may be the most sensible thing that the PQ has done in 17 months.

    Why is this guy wearing a suit that I dropped off at The Salvation Army 23 years ago?
    1. Wendy posted on 02/13/2014 09:38 AM
      @Murray Obviously you do not live off-island and have not had anyone close to you with cancer. We need access to excellence as well. Which hospital in the Chateauguay Valley is known for its excellence in treating cancer patients?
  2. LMAO posted on 02/13/2014 06:42 AM
    "What I've said, personally, to the Jewish General is do not outreach people from outside the island because they should focus on the Montreal people." he tells CJAD's Aaron Rand Show.
    The minister says budgets will have to be re-adjusted as the volume of patients decreases.

    This sounds like a veiled threat to reduce the hospital budget if they fail to comply. Since when did he have the right to decide who gets what treatment and where. Isn't it the Hospital's and doctors Oath to treat sick people wherever they hail from.
  3. Terry posted on 02/13/2014 08:18 AM
    Tell the government to leave our hospitals alone and concentrate on our failing aconomy......
    1. al posted on 02/13/2014 09:39 AM
      @Terry Why are we going to private clinics if our services are so good?
      Why is the hospital system not like our dentist system..
      The dentist makes my appointment, they send me a notice and then they call two days before to see if it's all okay and then they give me the bill which I claim with my insurance..The service is great and if there is an emergency they let me in that day..
      We pay for this hospital service all our lives and when we need it we wait two months before an appointment, xrays another two months and a MRI three to six months and sometimes it takes three years for a orthopaedic surgeon...By then your bones have healed deformed and the pain well you go on painkillers which you can take as it's a legal drug. The health system thinks pills will sent you away .We should investigate Marois and her supporters as to where they get their healthcare and where they have had their treatments..and if they are using their french hospitals..Are they ever on the waiting list...
      For us all take an ambulance in and it will save you 16 hours of waiting time..
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