Rousselle rejects health care regionalization bid

By Robert Frank

Jean Rousselle opposes the McGill University Health Centre’s push to get Laval residents to obtain their health care locally.

“I take a dim view of it,” the MNA who represents Vimont riding in Quebec City told The Suburban in an interview. “You have to have confidence in the doctor who’s following your health.”

Rousselle said that he has been seeing his own doctor in Montreal for the past 15 years.

“I would be very unhappy if I instead was told I would have to go to the Cité de la santé [superhospital in Laval],” he said. “If something should ever turn up during my annual checkup, I want my doctor to follow up on it.”

Rousselle was unequivocal in his support for maintaining the status quo. Currently, the law permits Quebecers to seek medical treatment from whomever they choose, wherever they choose.

“You have to be at ease with your physician,” underscored Rousselle. “At one point, I myself have had the experience of losing confidence in one of my doctors and subsequently stopped seeing him.”

He said that he believes that Quebec’s francophone and non-francophone population alike are united in preferring to retain freedom of choice in the delivery of health care services.

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