Private Medicine in Quebec

Quebec is one of the provinces in which private medicine has developed rapidly in recent years. This trend coincides with a large number of Quebecers being unable to find a family doctor and with lengthening wait times both for undergoing treatment after a diagnosis and for being seen by a doctor in a hospital emergency room. How many private clinics are there, and how many doctors have left the public system in Quebec? Why do patients resort to private medicine? This Economic Note aims to sketch a brief picture of this industry and its clientele using the available official data as well as some original research.

Technical Annex :: Enquête sur les cliniques médicales privées au Québec (in French only)

Documentary :: The positive role of private medical clinics in Québec

Media release :: Private clinics are part of the solution, not part of the problem, according to the Montreal Economic Institute


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