About the FMSQ, the MQRP and the Subject of Extra Fees

Montreal, June 9, 2013 – Faced with this additional action by Médecins québécois pour le régime public (MQRP) regarding the issue of extra fees, the Fédération des médecins spécialistes du Québec (FMSQ) has no choice but to clarify the situation once again and to do so for the nth time.

"Extra fees irritate a lot of people; this we understand," said Dr Gaétan Barrette, President of the FMSQ. "The MQRP represents a very small number of physicians and its positions seem to us to be rather dogmatic. That's their choice. However, when it comes to the public system and the adequate coverage of operating costs incurred in order to dispense medical services under this public system, extra fees have always been and remain the result of governmental indecision. It is because the government refuses to cover these costs that extra fees exist. It's not because physicians want to charge them," continued Dr Barrette.

"We hope the MQRP will present a balanced view of the situation and will address itself to the entity concerned, the only one capable of correcting the situation, the government itself," concluded the President of the FMSQ.

It must be remembered that this subject was submitted to serious reflection and that the conclusions of this exercise were contained in the "Chicoine" report tabled on October 1, 2007, but to which no follow-up has been provided to this day. The FMSQ is still awaiting a response.

The FMSQ will not comment any further on the subject.

The Fédération des médecins spécialistes du Québec represents more than 9,000 medical specialists certified in one of the 53 recognized medical specialties.