Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Doctors to Prescribe Visits to Montreal Art Museum in Pioneering Project

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Doctors to Prescribe Visits to Montreal Art Museum in Pioneering Project

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Montreal doctors to prescribe museum visits

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MONTREAL - Doctors in Montreal will soon be writing prescriptions that send patients to the art gallery instead of the pharmacy under a partnership with the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts.

The program, described as a first in Canada, will allow members of a Montreal-based medical association representing francophone physicians to prescribe museum visits.

"Based on a global approach to health, the museum prescription program coincides perfectly with our commitment to recognizing the individuality and humanity of our patients," said Diane Poirier, an intensive-care physician who is president of Medecins francophones du Canada.

"This is an innovative pilot project that we hope will spread across the country. …

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