Doctor-patient-Arvisais-Larose. Photo Owen Egan.
Photo: Owen Egan

The Quebec government plans to introduce patient-based funding in the health sector, Finance Minister Nicolas Marceau

announced Thursday.

In his budget announcement in Quebec City, Marceau said the reform is one of several to “improve the quality and efficiency of public services.”

Now, the health department allocates global budgets to hospitals and other institutions, and they have to do the best with that and serve as many patients as they can.

Under the reform, budgets would be allocated more precisely and adjusted monthly depending on what new data shows the needs are in the community.

“It’s not going to happen overnight,” said Wendy Thomson, a McGill University professor who chairs the government’s expert panel for patient-based funding.

Read the full story in The Gazette.







February 20, 2014