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Quebec Liberals promise to create 50 new medical clinics

03/11/2014 10:10 EDT | Updated 05/11/2014 05:59 EDT
Quebec Liberal Leader Philippe Couillard says his government would revamp Quebec’s health care system and create 50 "super clinics" to help alleviate the stress on hospitals.

On Tuesday, the Liberals said they would improve the health care system by opening the clinics — which would be open seven days a week — training 2,000 nurse practitioners who would be able to prescribe medication and perform certain exams.

Couillard also said that, if elected, he would reduce the price of generic medication and ensure that all medical imaging, such as scans and ultrasounds, carried out in private clinics would be covered by public health care.

The Liberals said in order to finance those changes, they would ask health agencies — including each Agence de la santé et des services sociaux as well as the ministry and government organisms — to reduce their bureaucracy by 10 per cent. 

​Couillard also said a Liberal government would reintroduce the 'dying with dignity' bill. 

Bill 52 was left in limbo because of the election call.

The Coalition Avenir Québec and the Parti Québécois have yet to roll out their health care platforms this campaign. 

Heath care system worries

A new CROP poll commissioned by Radio-Canada suggests that 62 per cent of people are not satisfied with Quebec’s health care system.

One of the issues most cited by respondents was access to a family doctor (33 per cent). Twenty-six per cent of respondents said the wait for emergency services was a principle issue, and 21 per cent listed a shortage of nurses as a problem.

A total of 1,400 Quebec residents aged 18 and older participated in this web poll between March 5 and March 8. The CROP poll was commissioned by CBC/Radio-Canada. A total of 1,148 francophones and 252 people who's mother tongue was a language other than French were surveyed. 

Because the survey was conducted online, there is no margin of error.

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