For Inuit in northern Quebec, care closer to home could cut down on stressful medical travel – CBC
Dec 20, 2022
Plans for new hospital could reduce the number of patients forced to travel south
If a patient in Nunavik requires specialized medical care, they have to get on a plane and travel more than 1,400 kilometres to Montreal.
But a new regional hospital proposed in Kuujjuaq, Que., could help keep some patients closer to home.
“We deserve it. We need it,” said Jennifer Munick-Watkins, the new executive director of the Nunavik Regional Board of Health and Social Services, which has been pressing for a better hospital for years.
Nunavik, the autonomous region of northern Quebec, is currently served by two health-care centres, one on each coast — Ungava Bay and Hudson Bay.
The hospitals are small and outdated and only offer basic services. Occasionally, specialists are flown in to treat patients, but their availability is limited.
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