Régie de l'assurance maladie du Québec
The public health insurance plan covers various health services (medical, dental and optometric).
It also covers services that respond to more specific needs, such as,
The plan is administrated by the Régie de l'assurance maladie du Québec.
Persons who are settling in Québec or certain persons who are staying in the province temporarily must register for the plan, even if they have already registered in the past. Registration procedures differ depending on the situation.
If a person is eligible for the plan, the Régie will issue him or her health insurance card. The person must present this card to obtain covered health care services dree or charge.
Bith or adoption of a child
The process of registering for the plan differs depending on whether the child was born in Québec or outside Québec or was adopted.
Temporary departure from Québec
A person who has settled in Québec.
A person who has settled in Québec who leaves the province for less than 183 days during a calendar year remains insured and is entitled to all covered health care services while outside Québec.
If the person is absent for 183 days or more, he or she ceases to be covered by the plan and must notify the Régie of his or her departure.
Stays of 21 consecutive days or less are not taken into consideration in the calculation.
A person who is in one of the following situations remains insured by the plan even if he or she is absent from Québec for 183 days or more:
During his or her absence, the person who remains insured benefits from all covered services while outside Québec.
A person temporarily staying in Québec:
A person who is temporarily staying in Québec must remain in Québec during his or her entire stay to be covered by the health insurance plan. However, he or she can be absent from Québec for periods of 21 consecutive days or less and be entitled to all covered health care services while outside Québec. A person who does not respect this requirement is not insured by the plan during his or her absence.
To remain insured by the plan, a person who has recently settled in Québec and who has come from outside Canada must not be absent from Québec for 183 days or more, whether consecutive or not, during the 12 months following the date from which he or she is insured. Stay of 21 consecutive days or less do not count in the calculation.
Any person who is absent for a longer period than permitted must notify the Régie as soon as possible.
Permanent departure from Québec
A person insured by the plan leaving Québec permanently must notify the of his or her departure.
If the person settles in another province of Canada, he or she will continue to be entitled to all covered health care services while outside Québec until the last day of the second month following the month of arrival in that province.
If the person settles in another country, he or she will cease to be insured from the day of his or her departure from Québec.
Change of situation
A person insured by the plan must notify the Régie of any change of address or civil status.
Persons (of the same or opposite sex) who are in one of the following situations:
Person under 18 years of age are living with someone who has settled or is temporarily staying in Québec and who exerts parental authority over him or her.
As the clientele and requirements can vary for different services, this information is provided for each service.
The health insurance plan came into effect on November 1, 1970.