Montréal, April 19, 2011 - CNW/Telbec - The Fédération des médecins omnipraticiens du Québec (FMOQ) launched a new advertising campaign today that continues to shine the spotlight on family medicine and better access to health care. Given that two million Québecers are currently without access to a family doctor, a new generation of family doctors cruelly lacking, and family doctors today forced to deal with increasingly difficult working conditions, it is critical that the government is once again reminded of the urgent need for greater investments in family medicine. The public can access the campaign’s television and radio messages by clicking on the following link: Campagne Souffrance - FMOQ
“Family doctors want to be able to ensure the medical follow-up of all Québec residents. But without any additional, targeted and structured government investments, the current crisis will continue to downspiral—it’s inevitable. Currently, only 2.9% of Ministère de la Santé et des Services sociaux’s (MSSS) total budget is set aside for primary care in medical clinics; that is, outside of hospital settings. It’s completely unnacceptable that this meager level of investment has turned family medicine into the poor cousin of Québec’s health sector,” affirmed Dr. Louis Godin, FMOQ President.
Today, with a major shortage of 1,175 family doctors province-wide, close to 300 family medicine residency positions unfilled in our faculties of medicine for five years now, and more than 40% of Québecers followed by doctors over 55 years of age, it is time for the Québec government to act and take concrete steps to promoting family medicine, otherwise we will reach a point of no return. And the first step, of course, is making substantial investments in family medicine so that primary care becomes Québec’s priority.
“Each day, family doctors are witness to the anguish of their fellow citizens, who do not have access to the primary health care they need. Behind the cold statistics, there are children, parents and grandparents who suffer because they or one of their relatives are not receiving necessary front line care. Access to a family doctor is, beyond any doubt, a priority for hundreds of thousands of Québecers and their families as well as general practitioners. The government needs to show the people of Québec that it shares this preoccupation by implementing the right conditions that will give people access to a family doctor and proper care where and when they need it,” concluded Dr. Godin.
Link to the FMOQ advertising campaign messages: Campagne Souffrance - FMOQ
Source: Fédération des médecins omnipraticiens du Québec
Jean-Pierre Dion, Director of Communications
Marie Ruel, Communications Advisor
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