Diminished quality of care: a brilliant idea, says a doctor
Dr. Mathieu Simon says he finally sees a willingness on the part of the government to undertake a vast project on health care in Quebec. PHOTO: Getty Images/Portra Images
The Government of Quebec wishes to redefine the minimum quality of care offered in hospitals. If these words are heavy with meaning, the idea is simply brilliant, according to Dr. Mathieu Simon. “This is not to say that we are not going to provide optimal care. We are just going to change the paradigm and treat people according to the level of care they need, ”says the head of intensive care at the University Institute of Cardiology and Pneumology of Quebec.
At the microphone of Patrick Masbourian, Dr. Simon explains that each person is treated the same way, regardless of their condition.
Very severe, very acute illnesses are treated extremely well in Quebec. The problem is that we apply this same recipe to ailments that are much less complex.
He gives the example of a patient, treated for a long time for heartburn. He will be seen by a nurse and a medical resident who will give him an electrocardiogram and a blood test to ensure that he does not have a heart attack, when an antacid would have sufficed.
” Is that optimal care? No, because while that patient is receiving that level of care, there may be a patient in the ER who doesn’t have their EKG or their blood drawn. »