LISTEN: Candidates visit Tommy to debate health care

Susan Reynolds/CJAD

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.

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  1. Barcham posted on 03/24/2014 03:48 PM
    Why should I care what Léo Bureau-Blouin has to say about any subject? Has he ever held any kind of a job in his life? Does he know what it is like to be an ordinary citizen of Quebec? He was a student leader and then went straight into politics. He has no real life experience and as far as I am concerned his opinion on anything is totally worthless.
  2. Mike d posted on 03/24/2014 05:26 PM
    Charter,Quebec,Charter,Quebec,Charter,Quebec aux Quebecoise,Charter.....

    PQ Health plan!
  3. Eric posted on 03/24/2014 06:20 PM
    Today at the Children's hospital they were running scenarios on the wards. There used to be 1 nurse for 8 patients.Now due to budget cuts the administration is testing out how to offer services with 1 nurse and 1 nurses assistant for every 8 patients. The nurses assistant cannot do anything like iv's oxygen etc.... She would need to call the nurse. So how is this going to affect patient care? I feel sorry for the staff there. They are so good. It was already hard for the nursing staff to deal with patients now it will be double the patients. It was weird seeing this going on today. When I arrived to see my daughter there were 2 nurses in the room but one of them was role playing only a nurses assistant. They are going to be asked how this experiment went. I can imagine their answers and the reactions form the parents.
  4. joeN posted on 03/25/2014 11:45 AM
    If LBB is as knowledgeable on the PQ health care plan as he was with the suname of fraudulent english ontario students trying to steal their independent dream, then we all know what a useless bump on a log this guy really is. Hopefully after April 7th he'll go back to being a professional student on welfare with a red square on his forehead.
    1. GT posted on 03/25/2014 03:45 PM
      @joeN Well said, can't stop laughing...
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