The Canadian Medical Association (CMA) acknowledges the Quebec government’s health commitments announced in its latest budget, tabled at the National Assembly on Thursday.
Because of the pandemic’s significant impact on the public—and particularly on seniors—we believe that the government of Quebec made the right choice by increasing its investments in health by $10 billion over six years—particularly in the areas of primary care and mental health.
We also recognize the government’s effort to improve the health care provided to Quebec seniors by making a significant investment of $2 billion over five years in access to care, support and home care, and housing.
Moreover, a few months ago, we brought to the government’s attention the need to increase the refundable tax credit for home care, with private-sector options becoming increasingly expensive. We are pleased to learn the government will be increasing this credit from 35% to 40%.
These investments are necessary; a report by Deloitte released yesterday estimates that older Canadians’ care needs will double in the next decade. Adapting care to their needs will be essential.
Even though the pandemic had a major effect on the province’s finances in 2020, the Legault government must continue to do everything in its power so that the health system can fulfil its mandate and provide adequate care to patients, in as timely a manner as possible. Targeted investments in supports for health care workers will also be essential in the coming years.
Like all partners in the Quebec health care ecosystem, the CMA is also seeking solutions to provide the public with accessible, effective and sustainable care.
Dr. Ann Collins
Dr. Abdo Shabah
CMA Board Member and Spokesperson