Quebec Standard

Thursday, November 30, 2023

Exhausted and dreading new government laws, more Quebec physicians are eyeing retirement


Key takeaways: 

  • The region states that nearly 945,000 Quebecers are still without a doctor.
  • Dr. Perle Feldman intends to quit her practice and concentrate on training young doctors. 

Dr. Perle Feldman has been a public practitioner in Montreal’s Parc-Extension area for 40 years but met with the government’s latest programs to get doctors to take on more patients; she is willing to retire from her practice and concentrate rather on training medical students.

“The government’s goals to micromanage us even if they are already micromanaging has taken a lot out of us,” stated Feldman, now 68. “We’ve been working like dogs throughout most of the outbreak.”

Numerous others are feeling the same. 

The previous year, 275 doctors either retired or announced their purpose of retiring within the following two years to the area’s health board, the Régie de l’assurance Maladie du Québec (RAMQ).

That digit is up sharply from 2017, when 145 declared their intention to leave.

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government’s latest programs to get doctors to take on more patients

At least 1,000 household doctors are urgently required in the region, stated Dr. Marc-André Amyot, the president of the general practitioners’ association, the Fédération des médecins omnipraticiens du Québec (FMOQ). 

“In the following five to 10 years, we will have an effective wave of retirements,” he stated.

Age is a piece of it. Amyot points out that around 25 percent of household doctors in Quebec are over 60. 

Montreal is the province facing the highest numeral of possible retirements, where 44 doctors said they planned to leave. Over 30 family doctors have retired or shortly in Quebec City and the Montérégie area. The average retirement age was 68 in Montreal and 65 in Quebec City and the Montérégie area.

According to official calculations, it’s a gust to the 945,000 Quebecers who are still waiting for a family doctor. The precise number may be nearer to 1.5 million.

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