Palliative care patients, doctors, caregivers in Quebec desperate for more home-care services

Raymond Duranceau was told he had only five months to live when he was diagnosed with cancer in January, 2018.

(Anne Leclair/ Global News) — A fight is brewing between Quebec’s general practitioners and their union, leaving palliative care patients stuck in the middle.

The Federation des médecins omnipraticiens du Quebec (FMOQ) and the province signed an agreement in March to create 68 palliative home care units in the province.

But nine months later, there is only one unit on the ground, meaning many Quebecers are being denied the right to die at home.

“The majority of patients in palliative care wish to stay at home and actually, in the Quebec province, they are robbed from this right,” said Dr. Genevieve Dechène, who runs the province’s only palliative home care unit in Verdun. (…)

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