The private sector in health care: panacea or bad idea?

The private sector’s role in health care was on everyone’s lips during the election campaign, but given the widely diverging opinions, there was no clear understanding of how that might be interpreted. François Legault said he wanted to accelerate the “migration” of primary care services to family medicine groups (GMFs) and give private clinics more latitude in specialized care. Dominique Anglade wanted a major push to clear the surgery backlog, through agreements with the private sector. Eric Duhaime bluntly questioned the basic principle of keeping public and private health care separate. And Gabriel Nadeau-Dubois tersely commented that if private health care worked, we’d know about it.

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“Plan santé” – what is it?

Three years. That’s the deadline the Legault government has set itself to put the health and social services system back together with an action plan designed to make it “more human” and “more effective”. But what is the actual content of Minister Dubé’s Plan santé¸ aka the “Plan to implement changes needed in health care”? What are the Ministry’s objectives, how will it try to reach them, and, especially, what will be the impact on our system? We’ve gone through the 90-page document to find the answers.

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“Ça va bien aller…” But when?

After being forced stop work, an exhausted technologist shares this personal account of morale levels in her sector. Her experiences resonate with far too many health and social services employees in the spring of 2021.

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Labs: what the pandemic can teach us

The health crisis has forced significant changes in the organization of work in labs – changes that are calling into question the very core of the OPTILAB system. Before we all go back to normal and press the restart button, shouldn’t we at least take the time to think about these issues?

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Withdrawing services and professional practice: what you need to know

Some APTS members have been reassigned to work in CHSLDs and have had to withdraw their services from their regular clientele. This raises a number of issues in relation to professional practice. The current health and social emergency and the need to bring down terrifying death rates in care homes for older people are aggravating the structural disorganization of our health and social service system.

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