Health care concerns QS candidate
Quebec Solidaire candidate Patricia Tremblay, a nurse and nursing instructor by profession, is very concerned with the future of the health system in Quebec and of the position of the Liberal party on this matter. According to Ms. Tremblay, the Liberals would like to open fifty new superclinics. Quebec Solidaire would rather see CLSCs open seven days a week, 24 hours a day. “What’s important to us is to find the original mission of the CLSCs which is to be the entrance door to the health system and to social services, and orient patients towards specialized care as needed. CLSCs in operation now are not optimal and preceding governments have not invested in their development plan. The structure is already there in all regions of Quebec,” said Ms. Tremblay.
One of the big innovations in the Quebec Solidaire program is the creation of universal drug insurance, Pharma Quebec. This measure would reduce in a significant way the cost of medications. It should be known that, in Quebec, medications cost more than in the other provinces of Canada. Globally, it’s about 40% of the costs of prescribed medications that Pharma-Quebec allows us to save every year, more than 2 billion dollars.
Ms. Tremblay is also concerned with the health tax which the PQ government promised to do away with in the last election but then kept. Quebec Solidaire promises to eliminate this tax as soon as they are in power.