17 Jul 2017

Caregivers need more support to figure out health and social systems: Article in the Toronto Star

In the article Caregivers need more support to figure out health and social systems published in the Toronto Star, Amélie Quesnel-Vallée and her colleague Miles Taylor highlight the structural burden felt by caregivers when trying to navigate their way through the health system. Although the time and energy given by caregivers to perform home care tasks are often […]

15 Mar 2017

Accessory fees: Article for the Huffington Post

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In her article L’interminable saga des frais accessoires published in the Huffington Post, Amélie Quesnel-Vallée describes how Quebec finally arrived to adopt the federal legislation abolishing accessory fees. Several doctors have already spoken against the new legislation and announced their intention to leave the public health care system. However, the provincial government will have to work hard to make […]

15 Feb 2017

User Fees Abolished in Quebec: Article for the Ottawa Citizen

In her article Abolishing user fees is just the tip of the iceberg in improving Quebec health care for the Ottawan Citizen, Dr. Quesnel-Vallée explains how Quebec was brought to abolish the fees in the first place. Although this measure is a step in the right direction, Dr. Quesnel-Vallée also describes the considerable amount of work that must […]

25 Jan 2017

Interview for Radio-Canada & CBC: Quebec doctors use loophole to sidestep new law banning extra fees

In a collaboration between CBC and Radio-Canada, doctors from Quebec are reported to have tried to get around a new law banning private clinics from charging user fees. According to the articles, doctors working at a private clinic have asked patients to find a registered company that could pay for their procedure. These services are also […]

21 Dec 2016

No healthcare agreement between Ottawa and the provinces: Interview for Radio-Canada

The meeting between the federal and provincial government regarding the financing of health care services resulted in a failure to reach an agreement. Ottawa removed the offer they had presented during the day. Amélie Quesnel-Vallée, Canada Research Chair in Policies and Health Inequalities: “This is continuing to do with what we have. However, as we […]

9 Nov 2016

Job Loss & Public Health: Interview for Radio-Canada

Amélie Quesnel-Vallée was interviewed on Radio-Canada’s show Les années lumières for their episode: Mise à pied vs congédiement. Explaining the particularly negative consequences related to individual job loss, she mentions the high-risk levels such an event can cause a person facing a new financial burden and identity loss. Furthermore, she explains policy’s place to alleviate these negative consequences on […]

31 Oct 2016

Health care accessory fees in Quebec: Interview for The McGill Tribune

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This past September, Quebec Minister of Health Gaetan Barrette announced that accessory fees would be abolished as of January 2017. Therefore, physicians will not be allowed to charge additional costs for services already covered by the provincial health insurance. These accessory fees have been a source of controversy in Quebec since they could are considered to go […]

10 Sep 2016

Dr Day trial: Interview at Radio-Canada

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Amélie Quesnel-Vallée was interviewed on Michel Auger’s radio show Midi Info Radio-Canada about Dr Brian Day, owner of Vancouver’s for-profit Cambie Surgery Centre. Dr Day is opposing British Columbia’s provincial health care law and his case has reached the Supreme Court of British Columbia. During the interview, Amélie Quesnel-Vallée discuses the case and the role of the private […]

10 Feb 2016

Minimum revenue: Le Journal de Québec

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In 2016, Le Journal de Québec published an article in it’s Actualité Politique section about Quebec’s prime minister Philippe Couillard’s suggestion of the implementation of a guaranteed minimum revenue. Amélie Quesnel-Vallée was asked to comment on this possible important transformation for Quebec citizens. Excerpt: «C’est une des rares idées qui pourrait rassembler la gauche et la droite. On […]

10 Sep 2015

Eldercare challenge in Quebec: Montreal Gazette

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In 2015, the Montreal Gazette published an article regarding Quebec’s growing number of seniors and the challenge it entails for the province’s health care system. Amélie Quesnel-Vallée was asked to comment on the current situation. Excerpt: “If we keep doing things the way we’re doing them now, we won’t be ready,” “Right now, we’re putting […]