Mixed Remuneration Mode and Experimental Project in Three Clinics : Reaction of the FMSQ

Montreal, March 1, 2017 – The Fédération des médecins spécialistes du Québec (FMSQ) wishes to issue a brief comment following the publication of a notice in the Gazette officielle du Québec (in french only). This notice appeared today to announce that a mixed remuneration mode could be adopted for anesthesiologists who might go to practise in the three private clinics associated with the Minister of Health's pilot project.

The FMSQ will take the time needed to analyze the possible repercussions of the implementation of this modification, but wishes to make it clear that it is in total disagreement with this nth unilateral decision by the Minister, which goes against the spirit and the letter of the agreements currently in force.

"The mixed remuneration mode was implemented to respond to specific problems in hospital centres. This is why this mode of remuneration is exclusively used for physicians practising there. This decision by the Minister to favour 'his' project, and targeting only anesthesiologists by the way, will have perverse effects in Quebec as a whole, especially in regions where some services are not always covered. The Minister is thus setting up an incentive so that anesthesiologists can go and practise in HIS private clinics, while THE priority should be to ensure there is no break in services elsewhere in the public network. It's nonsensical !" reacted the President of the FMSQ, Dr Diane Francœur.

The Fédération des médecins spécialistes du Québec represents more than 10,000 medical specialists certified in one of 59 recognized medical specialties.