Almost 275 Quebec MDs opt out of Medicare

Almost 275 Quebec physicians have  opted out of the province’s public health care system, according to an annual report released March 16, 2016, by the province’s medical insurance board, the RAMQ, the Canadian HealthCare Network [CHN] reported April 15, 2016.

The list contains the names and addresses of the 272 “non participating” family doctors. That is 45 more than a year ago, and a 70% increase since 2012.

But it’s “not yet a problem” because they represent 3.2% of Quebec’s family physicians, the minister of health’s office responded.

Not so, replied the president of Quebec’s family doctors federation, the FMOQ, who called the increase “alarming.” Each physician represents about 1,000 registered patients, so the departure of 45 doctors equals 45,000 patients. “I still have one million Quebecers without a family doctor,” he said.

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