Barrette's Quebec healthcare reforms seem to be backfiring
When Health Minister Gaétan Barrette kicked off a sweeping reform of Quebec health care two years ago, he said the objective was to make the system “work for the patient. Period.” Merging institutional governing boards and eliminating 1,300 middle management positions was supposed to result in a refocusing of resources on front-line care.
But evidence is mounting that this hasn’t turned out to be the case. Lately, doctors and nurses have been speaking out about how budget cuts are harming patients and pushing medical professionals to their limits. The concerns they are voicing are not about bureaucracy, but about the fragility of basic health services. This is deeply troubling. It undermines confidence in all the reassurances the health minister gave that this often painful restructuring exercise would make the system better in the end. Here are three cases that suggest the reforms are actually putting patients and health professionals in peril: Read more here