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.