Quebec's Public Health Cuts

By Kettner, Joel | Canadian Journal of Public Health, March/April 2015 | Go to article overview

Quebec's Public Health Cuts


Kettner, Joel, Canadian Journal of Public Health


Dear Editor:

On behalf of the Public Health Physicians of Canada, I would like to express our concern about the Quebec government's decision to significantly reduce funding to the province's public health programs and services.

Public health is about prevention of diseases and injuries. It is well recognized that most of the burden of illness in Quebec and the rest of Canada is preventable or delayable. This can be achieved largely by improving the distribution of the social and economic determinants of health (e.g., education, income) and by eliminating the discrimination of disadvantaged populations (e.g., Aboriginal, the poor, new immigrants and refugees, GLBT). Disease and injury prevention also require strong and sustained public health, primary health care and social services, which are the responsibility of governments, their funded agencies and health authorities.

Quebec has been a leader and model for the strength and integration of public health with other health and social programs and services. Significant cuts to funding in Quebec - and the precedent that these may set across the country - pose a threat to Québécois and to all Canadians, especially those who are disadvantaged and most in need.

The Public Health Physicians of Canada urges the Quebec government and all federal, provincial and territorial governments to reverse and/or prevent cuts to public health. …

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