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Healthcare System

An Important Centre for Health Care and Research

Sherbrooke offers full access to a comprehensive healthcare system. Sherbrooke residents receive free health care in accordance with the Québec health plan. Statistics reveal that the doctor/population ratio is higher in Sherbrooke than elsewhere in the province. This also applies to nurses, auxiliary nurses, orderlies, and dentists.

In brief

  • A doctor/population ratio higher than the provincial rate
  • Over 25 medical clinics
  • An international travel clinic 
  • A maternity center
  • A teaching (University) hospital
  • 4th largest hospital centre in Québec 
  • The only Health and Social Services Centre in Québec where all components have university research and teaching mandates
  • Partners which stand out due to the quality of research 


Quality institutions

Centre hospitalier universitaire de Sherbrooke

Sherbrooke’s health network is affiliated with the CHUS, a university hospital which is the 4th largest hospital centre in Québec. The centre has 2 sites — Hôpital Fleurimont and Hôtel-Dieu — which provide specialized and cutting-edge health services thanks to the development of new integrated practices and the continuous clinical research conducted at Université de Sherbrooke.

Over 6,084 employees, 644 doctors and pharmacists, and 211 researchers lend their support and expertise to the well-being of patients throughout the region, in addition to some 2,645 residents, externs, students, and trainees which ensure the next generation of doctors and allied professionals.

The CHUS is enriched by the presence of seasoned practitioners and eminent researchers from the Centre de recherche du CHUS (CHUS Research Centre) and the Centre d’imagerie moléculaire, not to mention its prominent position as key partner of Université de Sherbrooke’s Medical and Health Sciences Faculty which shares the same roof as the CHUS Fleurimont Hospital. The CHUS has distinguished itself in leading-edge specialties such as radiosurgery using the latest gamma knife technology, Positron Emission Tomography (PET), production of technetium 99m, and interventional angiography.


Health and Social Services Centre — University Institute of Geriatrics of Sherbrooke

In addition, Sherbrooke residents may benefit from healthcare services at the CSSS-IUGS (Health and Social Services Centre– University Institute of Geriatrics of Sherbrooke), a network which consists of 11 facilities located throughout the region. The CSSS-IUGS offers services and resources aimed at improving the health and well-being of Sherbrooke’s population: children, adolescents, and their families, adults, seniors, persons with loss of autonomy, etc. The range of services is offered directly in living environments and establishments.

The CSSS-IUGS is also a university-affiliated center with university research and teaching mandates and a widely recognized geriatric university institute, with 4 residential centres (Argyll, D’ Youville, St-Joseph, and St-Vincent) which offer specialized healthcare programs in geriatrics.

Of the 2,700 persons employed by the CSSS-IUGS, 100 are physicians and specialists.

Sherbrooke is also rated as an Age-Friendly City by the World Health Organization (WHO).


Better access to a family doctor

Sherbrooke’s CSSS-IUGS distinguishes itself by the measures it has taken towards allowing family physicians to have more patients. This CSSS-IUGS initiative has led to the creation of a system which helps facilitate quick access to family medical services when needed. The institution has also implemented a Family Medicine Group (FMG) assistance system which helps reduce the workload of doctors and take advantage of other available resources within the health system.


Productive research

In regard to health, Sherbrooke distinguishes itself by a key characteristic: the omnipresence of research. The structure ofSherbrooke’s healthcare system is composed of certain University Pole members who invest considerable resources to help advance health research, ultimately benefiting the entire community.