Marois sticks to 2012 promise; family doctor for all Quebecers by 2016

Premier Marois announced her party's health care promises at a Laval clinic Monday morning and they involve lowering wait times and longer exemptions to the secularism charter.

Marois, is sticking to her 2012 campaign promise, and says that by 2016, every Quebec family will have access to a family doctor. In 2012, she gave her party four years to make that happen. She says in the last 18 months, 323 000 more Quebecers have a family doctor.

When asked whether any efforts would be done to keep doctors in the province, especially with the uncertainty surrounding the Charter of Values, the Health Minister Réjean Hébert said doctors won’t be leaving the province because institutions, like the Jewish General Hospital, will be allowed to ask for a longer exemption period, when it’s up every five years.

“If there are good reasons, there can be an extension on the transition period, it’s already included in the bill,” Hébert said.

Marois spoke about creating a new centralized portal that would make getting an appointment in the province faster and simpler.

She also promised to have all pharmacies hooked up to an electronic medical system by June.

Marois says there will be lower wait times for services for children with autism, and that each child will receive two health care cards, one for each parent.

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  1. NIca posted on 03/17/2014 02:48 PM
    Like that'll happen after she's chased all the doctors away because of her useless charter. Get real, Marois!
  2. John posted on 03/17/2014 03:24 PM
    Ya right . Keep dreaming Pauline !!!!!!
  3. LMAO posted on 03/17/2014 04:35 PM
    Promises cost nothing and action requires effort. The PQ efforts were directed towards division and Sovereignty not Healthcare the past 18 months. If this was a real concern it would have been top of the list not bottom drawer and would be able to have touted as an achievement not just another promise.
  4. wluis posted on 03/17/2014 04:45 PM
    If she believe that her supporters will believe this, then why not tell them they will get 1000 dollars a year of the rest of their lives.
  5. John posted on 03/17/2014 06:13 PM
    I can't believe the stuff that comes out of Marois' mouth.
    Saying that she promises a doctor for everyone by 2016 when her sole "raison d'etre" right now is to push doctors out of this already doctor starved province.
    I guess her plan is to push so many regular people out of Quebec that by the time the dust settles there will be so few people left here that there will indeed by a doctor for every person!
  6. ssm posted on 03/17/2014 07:03 PM
    Why would a doctor or nurse want to have to rely on the largesse of Quebec's bureaucracy to grant a renewal of their basic human rights every few years? Anywhere else in North America, these rights are protected by freedom of religion and freedom of expression guarantees. Elsewhere in North America is where true state secularism exists. Quebec's proposed charter only grants these rights to Roman Catholics. I am one but recognize unfairness where I see it.
  7. Eileen Dickson posted on 03/17/2014 08:00 PM
    Marois must not get a majority. God forbid that such a thing would happen to Quebec. My 2 grandfathers fought for Canada and both suffered the consequenes. Pure laine (itchy stuff) is a joke.
    Most of us born here are a blend of something or other. My husband is French Canadian and we get along perfectly well. We may vote differently but no matter.
  8. ssm posted on 03/17/2014 08:53 PM
    As long as they're not wearing a turban a hijab or a kippa
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