Medical specialists: the details on the agreement with the government

News 15 March, 2018
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    Thursday, march 15, 2018 03:45

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    QUEBEC – One speaks about it since the 9th of February last, but, so far, the agreement between the government of Couillard and the Fédération des médecins spécialistes du Québec (FMSQ) has not been made public.

    A few hours a press conference is very much expected of the president of the union, Dr. Diane Francoeur, and of Me Lucien Bouchard intended to comment on this agreement, TVA Nouvelles has taken cognizance of the document.

    In the latter, one notes that it is an eight-year agreements with payments over 12 years. The amounts could increase again from 2023, as a new bargaining is to be expected.

    We also learn that the figures of the agreement differ slightly from the presentation made by the president of the Treasury Board, Pierre Arcand, February 16. That said, the growth of the budget for the remuneration of medical specialists will increase (on average) of 2.8 % per year until 2023.

    Also, $ 30 million per year will be used to pay for the ultrasounds in private laboratories in Quebec.

    $ 15 million per year will be used to operate 16 hours per day, the equipment of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and ct SCANNING. The agreement will allow the hospital to use the private sector to achieve this goal.

    For the moment, anesthesiology is the only specialty covered by a “replacement plan provincial”. This means that anesthesiologists must organize amongst themselves in order to ensure the presence of doctors in all the shifts for this specialty. The minister Gaétan Barrette has said on many occasions that this arrangement came to address the shortages in temporary hospitals, such as The Goal or Ville-Marie.

    A similar plan to follow for surgeons, prior to September 1, 2018, and for other basic specialties, no later than February 15, 2019.

    The penalties come into force on July 1, 2018 to anesthesiologists that would not troubleshoot as expected. The penalty will be $ 3,000 for each day of non-compliance. The colleagues would also be a disadvantage since a fine of $ 100,000 to $ 200,000 would be taken from the members of the Association of anesthesiologists of Quebec.

    Anesthesiologists will be entitled to bonuses ranging between 1000 $ and 1400 $ per day, when they are troubleshooting outside of their hospital usual.

    Finally, even if the payment of clinical gross average among medical specialists is 9 % higher in Quebec compared to Ontario, the canadian Institute for health Information will be mandated to calculate several elements, the average salary for specialists in each of the provinces, and the rate differentials between Quebec and Ontario.