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Lucrative $22-million Teladoc contract leaves many questions: Petten
MHA Barry Petten added his voice to those asking serious questions about a new contract awarded to a US firm to provide virtual physician care are health centres throughout the province.
Monday, November 27, 2023

(November 27, 2023, St. John’s): Barry Petten, PC Official Opposition Shadow Minister of Health & Community Services, and MHA for Conception Bay South, added his voice to those asking serious questions about a new contract awarded to a US firm to provide virtual physician care are health centres throughout the province.

The Nurse Practitioners Union are the latest group to add their voice of concern about this lucrative $22-million dollar contract to an American company. The Nurses Union, Newfoundland and Labrador Medical Association, and NAPE have already heightened their concerns about what this contract means to the future of public healthcare delivery in the province.

“We continue to hear legitimate questions raised about what this means to the future delivery of publicly funded healthcare in our province. A computer monitor is no replacement for an in person visit. In addition, this is not to diminish the serious questions that have been raised after it was revealed that a local company had bid 70% less on the contract.”

Petten questions that with millions of dollars at stake, why did the Liberal government not consult with those directly affected by this decision, and notes that the Premier needs to be forthcoming with details on how the contract was awarded and a value for money analysis.

“How is this going to work in rural NL with an aging population and many seniors with complex medical needs? Who will order the follow-up tests and review them? What about the 136,000 people without a family doctor? Is the Liberal government finally admitting that they will not be replacing fulltime, local doctors at many sites in rural parts of our province or is this another box ticking measure to get them through the next election? How is this really improving the lives of all Newfoundlanders and Labradorians today and into the future?”

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