Health Insurance Plan: General Information on the Public Plan
Régie de l'assurance maladie du Québec
Anyone who settles in Québec or stays temporarily, his or her spouse (see Definitions), and dependants (see Definitions).
Requirements relating to the person who is setting in Québec
To be eligible for the public health insurance plan, the person must meet the following requirements:
If the person arrives from another Canadian province, he or she can be insured by the plan as soon as he or she ceases to be insured by the plan or his or her province of origin. Coverage generally begins as of the first day of the third month following the month of arrival in Québec.
If the person arrives from outside Canada, the waiting period for being insured by the plan can be of up to 3 months following his or her registration. The Régie does not reimburse health services received during this period, with certain exceptions.
Requirements relating to a person temporarily staying in Québec
To be eligible for the plan, the person must come from outside Canada and be in one of the following situations:
The waiting period for the person to be insured by the plan varies depending on his or her situation.
Specific requirements apply, whether the person is settling or is temporarily in Québec. They can be viewed on the Régie de l'assurance maladie du Québec website.
A person who comes from another Canadian province and is temporarily staying in Québec is not eligible for Québec's public health insurance plan. The care he or she receives in Québec is covered by the plan in the province or origin.
To register for the public health insurance plan, a person must:
If a person files his or her application at a service point, he or she must also bring a photo that meets the standards of the If the application is filed at one of the two Régie reception offices, the photo will be taken on site.
The application for a person under 14 years of age can be sent by mail (required form and document), as the health insurance card that will be issued will not include a picture or signature.
To find a service point, use the Service Point online service.
The person temporarily staying in Québec is generally insured by the public health insurance plan for the duration of his or her stay.
Generally, a person who has settled in Québec must renew his or her health insurance card every 8 years.
The required documents vary depending on the person's situation.
A Canadian citizen must provide the original of one of the following pieces of identification:
A permanent resident must provide the original of the following documents:
Depending on whether the person in settling or temporarily staying in Québec, he or she must also provide other documents.
A person settling in Québec must provide one of the following proofs of residency:
A person temporarily staying in Québec must provide one of the following documents:
The person who arrives from a country that has signed a social security agreement with Québec must also provide other documents.
The full list od required documents depending on each situation can be viewed on the Régie website.
Once an application has been processed, the Régie will return any original documents provided.
The photo must:
The complete list of standards to be met for the photo can be viewed on the Régie website.
Régie de l'assurance maladie du Québec C. P. 6600 Québec (Québec)
Office Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday: from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Wednesday: from 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Voice response system 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
Teletypewriter : 1 800 361-3939
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