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Access to a medical specialist: a peak of 720,000 pending requests in Quebec | Coronavirus

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Since the start of the pandemic, health waiting lists have not only swelled for access to a family doctor or for surgery.

According to data from the Ministry of Health and Social Services (MSSS) obtained by TurnedNews.com, the waiting list at the Service Request Dispatch Center (CRDS) to access a medical specialist exceeded 720,000 requests per month. of last May, a peak since the start of the pandemic.

This is an increase of almost 50% compared to September 2020, in constant increase.

Whether for a dermatologist, an allergist-immunologist, a gynecologist or a gastroenterologist, more patients are waiting and have to wait longer than 20 months ago.

For all specialties, the wait for an appointment was close to 9 months on average in September 2020. It now exceeds 12 months. In ophthalmology, we are approaching two years.

Dr. Sylvain Dion is the first vice-president of the Federation of General Practitioners of Quebec.

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For Dr. Sylvain Dion, first vice-president of the Federation of General Practitioners of Quebec (FMOQ), this situation is untenable.

3 to6 months, but when we get to12months, it’s really much too far and the patient will come back to see us a few times during the year to talk to us about the health problem for which we have already reached our limit”,”text”:”We can always accommodate 3 to 6 months, but when we reach 12 months, it’s really much too far and the patient will come back to see us a few times during the year to talk to us about the health problem for which we have already reached our limit” }}”>We can always live with 3 to 6 months, but when we reach 12 months, it’s really much too far and the patient will come back to see us a few times during the year to talk to us about the health problem. for which we have already reached our limithe says.

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When a doctor judges that he has reached the limit of his skills in the evaluation and treatment of a health problem, he will certainly not be blamed for calling on a specialist to be able to help him in the assessment and recommendations for patient follow-upadds Dr. Dion.

Quebec has nearly 11,000 medical specialists and slightly fewer general practitioners.

When the government asks family doctors to see their patients within 72 hours and I, when I check off a request for a health problem related to a specialty, I am told that 12 months ago waiting, I tell myself that it’s almost double standards! »

A quote from Dr. Sylvain Dion, first vice-president of the FMOQ

Reaction of specialists

For Dr. Serge Legault, vice-president of the Federation of Medical Specialists of Quebec (FMSQ), we must continue to work on solutions.

Dr. Serge Legault, vice-president of the Federation of Medical Specialists of Quebec (FMSQ)

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In gastroenterology or hematology, for example, simple electronic advice or telephone advice [au médecin de famille] could replace the consultation and avoid a long wait for the patienthe says.

Nevertheless, Dr. Legault believes that to say that all consultations are appropriate would be a lie […]but the omnis are not in bad faith.

The vice president of the FMSQ also believes that duplicates end up in the waiting list of the CRDS, […]where it can go up to 12%”,”text”:”especially in surgery […]where it can go up to 12%”}}”>especially in surgery […]where it can go up to 12%.

A monster

A family physician in Lac-Etchemin, Dr. Dion points out that in the eyes of several colleagues, the CRDS is considered a monster.

For example, he points out that if a family physician has not checked off the correct specialty on the form, he is asked to fill out another one.

Interviewed recently by the specialized medical journal Health Occupationa senior official of the MSSS recognized that there was progress to be made in CRDSespecially from a technological point of view.

Sources indicate that Quebec and the two medical federations are developing a major plan to improve the functioning of the referral system to a medical specialist.

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