Barrette pays premium to add more beds for Quebec’s flu season

Health Minister Gaétan Barrette had to pay a big price to avoid overcrowding in emergency rooms as Quebec heads toward flu season.

Barrette announced Friday an injection of $23.25 million to open 350 additional beds in Montreal and on the North and South Shores. The places, mostly in the private sector, will allow emergency rooms to clear short-term beds for patients who have already been seen by a doctor but are still there because of a lack of room elsewhere at the hospital. He said he could not find additional places in other regions of Quebec.

The new spots will accept patients who need care that’s less intensive than that offered in a hospital.

Last year, Quebec added $100 million to develop 2,000 beds, or about $50,000 each. At the time, the government went through a call for bids, which it couldn’t do this time because it lacked enough time.

The unit cost of the 350…

Original published: 2018-01-12 21:27:33 Read the full Montreal News here


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