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22 April 2009April 22, 2009

Medical specialists in Quebec: How to unlock the reserve supply

Economic Note on the supply of medical specialists’ work in Quebec

Medical specialists in Quebec: How to unlock the reserve supply

Waiting lists for medical services in Canada are painfully long. Too many Canadians lack access to a family doctor, and our low ratio of medical specialists to population size is a growing cause of concern. Could this problem be partly solved by making better use of the supply of medical specialists’ work through mixed practice? To get an answer, the Montreal Economic Institute (MEI) conducted a survey among medical specialists to find out if some of them might be willing to work extra hours in the private sector, beyond their commitment to the public system.

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Media Release: According to a Montreal Economic Institute survey on mixed medical practice, Quebec is depriving itself of the equivalent of 790 medical specialists on weekdays

Waiting lists for medical services in Canada are painfully long. Too many Canadians lack access to a family doctor, and our low ratio of medical specialists to population size is a growing cause of concern. Could this problem be partly solved by making better use of the supply of medical specialists’ work through mixed practice? To get an answer, the Montreal Economic Institute (MEI) conducted a survey among medical specialists to find out if some of them might be willing to work extra hours in the private sector, beyond their commitment to the public system.


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