Opinion: Bill 20 will make it harder for disabled people to get proper care

Montreal Gazette

As researchers representing Concordia University’s Critical Disability Studies working group, we are scholars advocating for the rights of people with disabilities. Members of our interdisciplinary group also work to make visible the systemic ways that society “dis-ables” such individuals. Health Minister Gaétan Barrette’s Bill 20 is a case in point. It harms people with disabilities and undermines their rights and access to care.

Bill 20 proposes to put strict minimum patient quotas on family physicians and to dramatically reduce support services, cutting budgets and staffing in an already overburdened system. It is proposed under a mask of economic reform, however the cuts are not simply a question of dollars and cents, but rather a result of government misspending, lack of procedural transparency and hasty decision-making without prudent consultation, including the vital participation of people with disabilities.

The politics of austerity and rhetoric of economic prudence are hurting those who most…

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