Health care con­cerns QS can­di­date

Stanstead Journal - - FROM PAGE ONE - Vic­to­ria Vanier

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.

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