Representatives from all four major parties agree: the health care system needs improvements. They disagree, of course, on how to go about fixing it.
Candidates from the four parties showed up in studio on the Tommy Schnurmacher show on Monday morning: Dr. Gaétan Barrette from the Liberals, Léo Bureau-Blouin from the PQ, Noah Sidel from the CAQ, and Molly Alexander from Québec Solidaire.
Barrette, the former head of the Quebec Federation of Medical Specialists, says the Liberals have what he calls a fourfold proposal: the party plans to train 3,000 over the next 10 years; it wants to open 15 "superclinics", it wants to improve access to imaging services, and to keep a watch over spending.
Bureau-Blouin says Quebec needs more family doctors, but points out that the existing system of family doctor groups has succeeded in 300 more Quebecers got access to a doctor in just the last month. He says they're on track to live up to the party's promise of getting every Quebecer a family doctor by 2016.
Sidel pointed out the PQ has a history of gutting the health care system, and that the system is laden with far too much bureaucracy as a result of PQ and Liberal policies.
Alexander says her party suggests increasing access to family doctors should be done through the existing public system, and adds she's also concerned about increasing privatization.