The COVID-19 pandemic has cost the Quebec health network $15 billion: report

Various contracts during the pandemic, such as securing personal protective equipment and providing vaccinations and tests, amounted to $6 billion.

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The Quebec health network will have spent $15 billion to fight the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a report filed Tuesday.

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Public health laws required the Minister of Health, Christian Dubé, to make the detailed report public within three months of the end of the health emergency.

A total of $18.8 billion was spent between March 2020 and March 2022, but $3.85 billion must be subtracted from the total given the drop in regular spending due to the slowdown in other activities amid the pandemic.

In two years, the Legault government has been involved in a total of 4,505 contracts to fight the pandemic. They amounted to a value of $6 billion, including $3.4 billion for personal protective equipment. Other contracts concerned the hiring of human resources, vaccination and testing.

“Several acquisitions were concluded quickly in order to secure users and workers in the health network,” said Marjaurie Côté-Boileau, Dubé’s press secretary, to The Canadian Press. “We needed access to the right equipment very quickly. It was the number one priority, and it was the right thing to do.

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