The importance of making your wishes known regarding organ donation
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(Marie Defay/ Turned News) — Annie Gendron, from Val-d’Or, is extremely grateful to the person who allowed her to have a liver transplant in the fall of 2020, after a three-year wait.

“I had a really yellow complexion, yellow eyes, I felt like a curiosity so I didn’t go out of the house much. Now I can go out, I can eat whatever  …

Withheld information on Quebec mammograms putting patients at risk
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(Christine Long/ CTV News) — Annie Slight’s breast cancer battle began a decade ago. Since then, she’s endured a bilateral mastectomy, a full hysterectomy, 16 chemotherapy treatments and more.

The Saint-Constant resident wonders if it all could have been avoided if her cancer diagnosis came earlier — if she had been told  …

Opinion: Equity needed in Quebec’s distribution of family doctors
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(Mark Roper/ The Montreal Gazette) — Every year the government releases its figures for family doctors. The latest figures date from Dec. 31, 2020, and show very uneven access to primary care.

Province-wide, 79 per cent of Quebecers were registered with a family doctor, far from the government’s target of 85 per cent. This  …

How will pandemic end? Omicron clouds forecasts for endgame, experts say
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(The Associated Press/ CBC News) — Pandemics do eventually end, even if Omicron is complicating the question of when this one will. But it won’t be like flipping a light switch: the world will have to learn to coexist with a virus that’s not going away, experts say.

The ultra-contagious Omicron variant of the  …

Quebec lowers COVID-19 isolation period to 5 days, with conditions
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(Joe Lofaro/ CTV News) — People in Quebec who test positive or have symptoms of COVID-19 will now have to isolate for just five days under certain conditions, public health officials announced Tuesday.

The province lowered the isolation guideline, following in the footsteps of other Canadian provinces and the U.S. Center  …

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

Quebec to bring back publicly covered IVF as of Nov. 15
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(Selena Ross/ CTV News) — A new law that allows Quebec families one round of publicly covered in vitro fertilization treatment will take effect just next week, the province announced Wednesday, while announcing the details of the law.

After weeks and even years of anticipation, after the last such coverage ended in 2015,  …

Hand-washing, no yelling ‘trick-or-treat’: Quebec offers up pandemic Halloween rules
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(Morgan Lowrie/ CTV News) — Quebec kids are being asked not to yell ‘trick-or-treat’ as they go door-to-door for candy and to keep a bottle of hand sanitizer handy this Halloween.

The province’s Health Department today published a list of guidelines to help celebrate the holiday safely amid the ongoing  …

Thousands of Quebec doctors are preparing to retire
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(Jocelyne Richer/ The Canadian Press) — The anticipated exodus of aging doctors has already started and will increase in the months and years to come, making access to a family doctor even more precarious, of which 20% of Quebecers are deprived.

In this context, everything indicates that the commitment made by François  …

Civil rights lawyer wants PREM system for doctors declared unconstitutional
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(Jacob Serebrin/ The Canadian Press) — Montreal-based civil rights lawyer Julius Grey said Friday he will ask a judge next week to suspend Quebec’s system for determining how many family doctors can practise in a specific region of the province.

Earlier this week, Health Minister Christian Dubé reduced the number of new  …

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