The McGill Journal of Medicine hosted a Wine and Cheese event on January 31, 2017 with a focus on Primary Care and to ushering in its upcoming special issue.
Dr. Howard Bergman (Chair of the Family Medicine Department) congratulated the MJM for its revitalization and its initiative focusing on primary care. Currently, primary care is a contentious issue in Quebec. He implored attendees, future healthcare providers and health policy makers, to become involved in the discussion of primary care policy as students, young professionals, and researchers. He referred to the excellent work done at the Graduate program of Family Medicine, which is conducted not only by physicians, but also by Master’s and PhD students.
Dr. Daniel Weinstock (Director of the Institute for Health and Social Policy), a philosopher by training, studies the humanistic side of medicine. He explored primary care and resource allocation as both economic and humanistic issues. He encouraged attendees to explore medicine not only as a science but also as humanity. He also mentioned that he would be an avid supporter of future MJM projects focusing on the medical humanities.
Follow up discussions concentrated on recent changes in legislation proposed by Quebec provincial government. Discussions also involved the potential impact of these changes on primary care physicians’ motivation to properly care for their patients. Additionally, concerns about such restrictions might drive physicians out of Quebec were raised and comparisons between Quebec and Ontario primary practices were made. We acknowledged the challenge of resource allocation in a single-payer system namely universal heath care coverage. The discussions also entertained the notion that medical graduates may not be able to practice what they want or where they want, disrupting families and pushing physicians away from their support systems.
The event was attended by a crowd of undergraduate, medical and graduate students in biomedical fields.