POINT, LE {CLSC CRISIS; GEORGE BUSH IS MAN OF THE YEAR} {CANADIAN FRENCH} (TV)

Summary

One in this series of news-magazine programs. This edition features two segments, a look at the dilemma of QuŽbec's Centres Locaux de Services Communautaires (local community-health centers), or CLSCs, and a discussion of the selection of U.S. President George Bush as "man of the year" by Time magazine. First, host Madeleine Poulin introduces a report by HŽlne Courchesne about the CLSC crisis, noting that the ministry of health and social services is launching a reform of the CLSCs. Courchesne visits a CLSC emergency room to show the long lines the centers can generate and, over images of health-care workers and their patients, discusses the fiscal problems of the CLSCs, which pay physicians far less than private clinics and hospitals. Dr. AndrŽ Munger, the president of the Quebec CLSC doctors' association, and Marie Beauchamp, the director general of the Metro CLSC, elaborate on the difficulties of attracting young medical-school graduates to the centers. Courchesne notes that the CLSC problem is particularly acute in remote areas, where budgets are even tighter than in the cities; on a visit to the Mont-Joli CLSC, she explains that this rural center, which is supposed to have several doctors on staff, often makes do with one and can seldom keep a doctor for more than a year. Courchesne goes on to explain some of the useful, attractive features of many CLSCs, including a twenty-four-hour help line. Jaime Borja, who heads the Sherbrooke CLSC, explains that his patients and staff enjoy the continuity of care the center provides, treating cases before, during, and after hospital visits. Courchesne goes on to narrate scenes of other worthy programs, including home health care for the elderly and handicapped, health education in schools, and support groups for elders. She concludes by noting that in order to survive and prosper, the CLSCs must convince more people to seek them out. After a break, host Simon du Rivage tells the audience that American George Bush has just been chosen "man of the year" by Time magazine, noting that the magazine gives the president mixed reviews; it praises his foreign policy, particularly his recent handling of the Persian Gulf crisis, and it criticizes his domestic policy. Du Rivage interviews British journalist Patrick Brogan of the Observer about Time's decision. Brogan agrees with the magazine that Bush's domestic record is weak, calling it, in fact, a catastrophe. He adds that no one knows what will ensue in the Persian Gulf, however. If Bush can weaken Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein without engaging in a full-scale war, Brogan believes that this accomplishment will outweigh the president's domestic problems in the eyes of the American people. He expresses uncertainty about the probability of war, however. Du Rivage thanks his guest and bids the audience a good night. Commercials deleted.

(This program is in Canadian French.)

Cataloging of this program was made possible by The New York Times Company Foundation, 2000/2001.

Details

  • NETWORK: CBC/Radio-Canada (Canada)
  • DATE: January 2, 1991 Wednesdasy
  • RUNNING TIME: 0:29:31
  • COLOR/B&W: Color
  • CATALOG ID: T:64099
  • GENRE: Magazine
  • SUBJECT HEADING: Health care - Canada
  • SERIES RUN: CBC/Radio-Canada - TV series
  • COMMERCIALS:

CREDITS

    • Georges Amar … Director, Realizateur, "CLSC" segment
    • Du Rivage, Simon (audio i.d. only) … Anchor
    • Madeleine Poulin … Anchor
    • Helene Courchesne … Reporter
    • Patrick Brogan … Guest
    • Marie Beauchamp
    • Jaime Borja
    • George Bush
    • Saddam Hussein
    • Andre Munger