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Health cuts: Philippe Couillard always relied on balanced budget

philippe-couillardAlthough the Liberal government of Philippe Couillard tabled a balanced budget last spring, the Prime Minister still alleges a balanced budget to justify the latest compression 242 million imposed on health institutions for the 2016-2017 year.

While in Montreal on Monday, Mr. Couillard promised a reinvestment in health, but all indications are that it will be in the next budget and, by then, the institutions will have to reduce their administrative costs.

Again, the Prime Minister says that these cuts will not affect services, while all participants in the network, including many managers, support services have already been affected by previous budget cuts.

The Prime Minister said that it is “normal and natural” that efforts be requested each year to ensure that public funds are spent “in the most efficient way possible.”

In return, Philippe Couillard assures that after the education, health would be the next budgetary position to benefit from any new flexibility and that his priorities will be the quality of life of the elderly in nursing homes, home care, mental health and frontline accessibility.

Nevertheless, the Prime Minister acknowledged that “the efforts are great,” while reaffirming that all these efforts were to bear “on the administration, ways, not in services.”

He maintains that the reforms, although “difficult, are absolutely necessary.”

He argues that his government managed to reduce the weight of the bureaucracy in the system, to integrate services and to give more autonomy to the regions.

As for the style of management of its health minister Gaétan Barrette, Mr. Couillard rejects the autocratic management repeated criticisms by both healthcare professionals as by network managers, groups of patients and elderly , up to say that the minister “listening much what people do on the ground.”

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