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Senior Associate Analyst
Patrick Déry holds a bachelor of law degree and a certificate in journalism from Laval University. He developed his own retail business for nine years before selling it to devote himself to journalism for another ten years. He notably managed the opinion pages of La Presse from 2013 to 2015. Patrick has a particular interest in health care and education public policy, and in small businesses. He worked with the MEI team from January 2017 to June 2019.
Research Paper explaining why, despite the advent of modern technologies, the use of telemedicine remains limited, and offering policy-makers solutions to make it more accessible to Canadians
The technologies behind telemedicine are available, and more Canadians could receive remote care, at home or at work, thereby saving themselves trips and avoiding long waits. Unfortunately, our governments are slow to remove obstacles that prevent patients from benefiting from virtual consultations, and doctors from providing this care.
Viewpoint showing that despite a reduction in the number of patient visits, emergency room wait times in Quebec are worsening
Earlier this year, the media reported that the situation in Quebec emergency rooms had improved in 2018-2019. Yet when we take a closer look at the Department of Health and Social Services data, we see that the opposite has happened, despite a reduction in the number of patient visits.
Viewpoint showing that countries with a free press are generally those that enjoy a high degree of economic freedom
The latest reports on freedom of the press are worrisome. This freedom has declined over the past decade, and 54 journalists were killed on the job in 2018 alone. Several factors explain the level of press freedom of a given country: the nature of the political system, its level of development, or the presence of armed conflicts on its territory, for example. Another important factor, too often ignored, is its degree of economic freedom.
Viewpoint showing that to ensure the best possible access to care, health professionals should be able to use all their skills
Quebec’s Health Minister recently announced that she wanted specialized nurse practitioners (SNPs) to be able to make diagnoses, as is the case everywhere else in Canada. The Collège des médecins du Québec (CMQ) ended up making peace with the idea, while the Fédération des médecins omnipraticiens du Québec (FMOQ) is still not on board, claiming that this act must be reserved to physicians. Is this resistance justified?