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Backlog of surgeries will take months to fix amid COVID-19 crisis, Quebec health minister says

[ Sign up for our Health IQ newsletter for the latest coronavirus updates ]Dubé said about 40,000 surgeries are carried out each month for a total of about 450,000 per year.“We have 90,000 to catch up on,” he said. “We will not catch up in two months.”He says he has a “very clear plan” with Quebec’s federation of medical specialists (FMSQ) but there is a shortage of nursing staff.In addition, several agreements have been negotiated with private clinics in recent months to take on overdue surgeries.“There were clinics that were charging exaggerated prices.

We have managed to negotiate fair prices over the last few weeks and then I think we will be able to work there. They are not only private clinics.

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