Quebec spent $ 100,000 in 2020-2021 to study the phenomenon of long-term COVID and will allocate another $ 100,000 in 2022-2023 for this.
“A drop in the bucket,” says liberal health spokesman Marie Montpeti, believing that about 10% of Quebec residents who contract COVID-19 will have long-term consequences.
Think of fatigue, shortness of breath, memory and concentration problems, anxiety and depression, the National Institute of Excellence in Health and Human Services (INESSS) confirmed on April 12.
“However, a significant number of Quebec residents are already in this situation,” Ms Monpeti emphasized during a study on Ministry of Health appropriations.
“I haven’t heard the prime minister or the minister of health talk about this,” she lamented.
The liberal opposition believes the government should be more concerned about the situation and think about how to care for patients suffering from long-term COVID.
She worries that these people are “on their own.”
“Already 900 people have announced that they are waiting to see a doctor. What are we doing? What’s the plan? “- asks Marie Monpeti.
Two clinics specializing in research have sprung up in Montreal and Sherbrooke, says Health Minister Christian Dube.
But the Institute for Clinical Research of Montreal (IRCM) alone received $ 100,000 to build its research infrastructure, he admitted.
The IRCM, which also treats patients with “special problems”, will be eligible for an additional $ 100,000 in 2022-2023, said Assistant Deputy Minister Daniel Descharnet.
“This does not mean (…) that there are no other activities that are being carried out at the level of long-term COVID, in particular, by various research centers.
“These projects are not funded in any other way, in particular by other research funds or foundations, not because of the lack of support from the ministry,” he explained.
The task of family doctors
When it comes to patient care, the government’s goal is not to develop a network of specialized clinics, added her colleague, Dr. Lucy Opatrni.
This is a guide for general practitioners on how to fix them.
At the moment, according to Dr. Opatrni, we are still asking the question: “Are there any special methods of treatment or is it just support and supervision?”
INESSS has been tasked with reviewing the literature and developing treatment guidelines for long-term COVID that all family doctors can use, she said.