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Gatineau, officially known as Ville de Gatineau, is a city in the Canadian province of Quebec, located in the western part of the province. After, Montreal, Quebec City, and Laval, Gatineau is the largest city in the province. The city is located across Ottawa, on the national bank of the Ottawa River. The city has a population of 276,245 and a metro population of 332,057, based on the 2016 population census. It has a land area of 381.3 square kilometers and a population density of 773.7 per square kilometer.

Ville de Gatineau comprises several offices of the provincial and federal government. This is primarily because of its closeness to Ottawa and also its status as the major town of the Outaouasis region of Quebec. Most jobs in Gatineau are either from the federal government or the construction and service industries. Thus, the city operates an undiversified economy, especially when compared to Ottawa, its neighboring city. However, there is a recent move to modernize its economy.

Gatineau has interesting recreational activities. There are basically two important tourist attractions in the city; these include the Casino du Lac-Leamy and the Canadian Museum of History. The city also comprises several parks; the parks are usually resting spaces or well-gardened playgrounds but some others are wild green areas such as the Lac Beauchamp Park.

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Best Walk-in Eye Clinics in Gatineau

According to Yelp, the best walk-in eye clinics in Gatineau are:

  • IRIS - 720 Montée Paiement Gatineau, QC J8R 4A3 - (819) 643-4928
  • Optique Laurier Optical - 320 Saint-Joseph Boulevard Gatineau, QC J8Y 3Y8 - (819) 771-2222
  • Eyes In the Glebe Eyecare - 831 Bank Street Ottawa, ON K1S 3V9 - (613) 699-2376
  • Rideau Optometric - 351A-50 Rideau Street Ottawa, ON K1N 9J7 - (613) 567-0800
  • Lunetterie F Tohmé - 64C Boulevard Gréber Gatineau, QC J8T 3P8 - (819) 246-1699

Best Pharmacies in Gatineau

The following is a list of the lowest dispensing fees or best pharmacies in Gatineau:

  • Vanier Pharmacy - 355 Montreal Road Vanier, ON K1L 8H3
  • Uniprix- Côté, Carbonneau et Savoie - 620 Avenue de Buckingham Gatineau, QC J8L 2H5
  • Familiprix Extra - Johanne Giguère - 425 Boulevard de la Verandrye E Gatineau, QC J8R 2W8
  • Pharmacie Stéphane Dalpé - 139 Boulevard de l'Hôpital Gatineau, QC J8T 8A3
  • Jean Coutu - Nancie Morin - 2310 Rue Saint-Louis Gatineau, QC J8T 5L7

Best Dental Clinics in Gatineau

The following is a list of the best dental clinics in Gatineau area:

  • Centre Dentaire Lapointe - 290 Boulevard Saint-Joseph Gatineau, QC J8Y 3Y3
  • Cooper Barry, DDS - 144 Promenade Du Portage Gatineau, QC J8X 2K3
  • Centre Dentaire Dufresne Nguyen - 661 Boulevard Saint-Joseph Gatineau, QC J8Y 4B3
  • Dentiste Knight - 22 Rue Eddy Gatineau, QC J8X 2V6
  • Dentiste de Gatineau - 791 Boul. Labrosse Gatineau, QC J8R 1G6

Hospitals in Gatineau

There are over 3 hospitals in Gatineau. The following are some of the hospitals in the city:

  • Hôpital de Hull - 116 Boulevard Lionel-Émond, Gatineau, QC J8Y 1W7, Canada
  • Hôpital de Gatineau - 909 Boulevard La Vérendrye, Gatineau, QC J8P 7H2, Canada
  • Centre Hospitalier Pierre Janet - 20 Rue Pharand, Gatineau, QC J9A 1K7, Canada

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Gatineau Health News

A study targeted on Outaouais health insurance indicated that it was largely underfunded by over $250 million per year when compared with other regions of the same size in the province. The study was carried out by Institut de recherche et d'informations socioéconomiques (IRIS) which compared western Quebec to Bas-Saint-Laurent, Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean and Mauricie et Centre-du-Quebec.

The study found out that the region is underfunded in areas like mental, physical and public health. An IRIS researcher, Bertrand Schepper, pointed out that Outaouais people have only 75 cents for every dollar spent in healthcare by the provincial government.

Furthermore, in 2017, the Quebec government spent up to $92.5 million to cater for the cost for Outaouais residents who travel to nearby Ottawa for treatment. Staff shortage is largely the result of the underfunding and it has resulted in overcrowding in health care centers. This forces some patients to seek healthcare services in Ottawa and Hawkesbury.

According to Schepper, the provincial government would spend up to $107 million to make up for the shortage in health care providers but spending the amount will result in an economic advantage that would cover the cost.

In the recently concluded Quebec election, Outaouais voters were primarily concerned with fixing the staff shortage problem. Candidates promised to fix staff and resource shortage in hospitals in the region.

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