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Laurentides: 115,000 patients without a family doctor

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Saint-Jérôme Hospital. (Archive photo)

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Exasperated at having to return for a third time in two years to present their demands to the CAQ government, elected officials and doctors from the Laurentians reminded the National Assembly on Wednesday of the urgency of acting to improve health care in their region. /p>

There are 115,000 people who do not have access to family medicine services on the ground, said Dr. Marie-Pierre Chalifoux, door – spokesperson for the Laurentides Health Coalition. If you only knew how hard it is to say no to patients.

The latter estimates that 100 more family doctors are needed for the region by 2025 due in particular to needs, but also to retirements, departures to the private sector and those who leave the profession.

For his part, the prefect of the MRC des Laurentides, Marc L'Heureux, insisted that investments in infrastructure for hospitals accelerate. There's no indication it's going to get better in the next 10 years, he says.

Radio-Canada recently revealed that the CISSS des Laurentides was one of the establishments which anticipated one of the largest budget deficits in 2023-2024.

The Coalition was accompanied by representatives of the three opposition parties and independent MP Marie-Claude Nichols.

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Marie-Claude Nichols. (Archive photo)

I even see it in my region (Vaudreuil), patients have to seek treatment in Hawkesbury, she said mentioned.

It's a cry from the heart that we must hear, said André Fortin, PLQ health spokesperson.

We need upgrades, increased budgets for the rapidly growing population, added Joël Arseneau, PQ health spokesperson.

Funding for major projects is not keeping up and Bill 15 will not bring resources back to the Laurentians, said solidarity MP Guillaume Cliche-Rivard.

Later during the debates, a motion presented by MP Marie-Claude Nichols was unanimously adopted by the deputies of the National Assembly to take note of the needs of the region.

During a visit to the National Assembly in May 2022, Marc L'Heureux affirmed that it has become clear that nearly 30% of patients in the Laurentians must leave to receive care and services.

They have to go to Laval or Montreal and some go as far as Montérégie and a good number of Laurentians are heading towards Hawkesbury, in Ontario, he lamented.

Many hospitals in the Laurentians are preparing investment plans, particularly in Mont-Laurier, Saint-Jérôme and Saint-Eustache.

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