Laval patients can seek treatment where they choose

‘No to regionalization, yes to stability’
MNA Rousselle

By Kevin Woodhouse

The new McGill University Hospital Centre (MUHC), slated to open for patients this fall, will be a state of the art facility that will provide every patient with their own room. There will be fewer beds at the new hospital and original plans by the previous Parti québécois government was to regionalize medical care by forcing patients to receive services in their own communities, whether there were adequate facilities available or not.

Vimont MNA Jean Rousselle told The Suburban that under the Liberal government, “no one can be refused service in the hospital of their choice and patients can make their own choice.”

The affable Rousselle noted that while he lives in Laval, he has been under the care of his general practitioner for years, an anglophone doctor who works out of the city of Montreal.

“When you develop a relationship with your doctor or your hospital who understands your case history and your needs, it would be foolish to make people lose that privilege,” said Rousselle.

The Vimont MNA said the notion of letting Quebecers chose the care they want is essential, especially for “senior or vulnerable patients who would prefer to be served close to home.”

Rousselle mentioned that The Cité de la santé superhospital in Laval will continue to improve its services, particularly when it comes to the anglophone population. “Patients deserve to be treated in the language of their choice since we live in a bilingual country,” said Rousselle. “We can achieve more anglophone service at the hospital.”

Rousselle called The Suburban during a break at the National Assembly where the Liberal caucus was working on the latest budget. “As a province, we have been living on a credit card which is now overdrawn,” said Rousselle. “And we have no choice but to pay our debt. There will be some modifications to services but people need to understand that we have been living beyond our means for too long.”

And like the newest Quebec government is seeking financial stability for the province, Rousselle said that the new Quebec government is seeking stability for the province on both the financial and health care fronts. “No to regionalization,” declared Rousselle, “yes to stability.”

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