Family doctors will have to take appointments, declare their hours under new system

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Health Minister Christian Dubé said about 1.5 million Quebecers are without a family doctor.


(Cathy Senay/ CBC News) — The Quebec government has tabled a new bill that aims to improve front-line services by forcing family doctors to declare their hours and take appointments through a new online system.

Bill 11 would make family doctors put their working schedule in a central appointment booking system, which would also be available to those without a family doctor.

The goal is for those without a family doctor to get an appointment with a family doctor within 36 hours.

Health Minister Christian Dubé said he was inspired by Clic-Santé, the system used to book COVID-19 vaccinations across the province.

Over 880,000 Quebecers are currently on the waiting list for a family doctor, but at a news conference Thursday, Dubé said he believed the true number to be almost double that, around 1.5 million. (…)

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