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The RAMQ manages, among other things, the eligibility of people for Quebec health insurance and drug insurance plans.
According to our information, health establishments forgo millions of dollars each year due to migrants with precarious status unable to pay for health care.
Several groups consulted expected a government announcement last fall. As Dr. Michel Welt of Médecins du monde points out, we hope that Quebec will decide as quickly as possible.
In 2021, Quebec adopted a bill with the main objective of making certain children whose parents have a precarious migration status eligible for the health insurance plan and the general drug insurance plan.
In the office of Minister Christian Dubé, we recall “that our government took a major step in June 2021 by making children born or not in Quebec eligible for RAMQ, regardless of their immigration status. 'immigration of their parents'.
The work is currently continuing on the ministry side and we will await the conclusions.
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For the spokesperson for the official opposition on health, André Fortin, we must do better than the status quo at the moment […] We have a duty to come up with a solution quickly.
These women find themselves under immense stress knowing that they will end up with monster bills when they leave the hospital with their child, says the Liberal MP.
For MP Vincent Marissal of Québec solidaire, we must cover these women because it is a humanitarian reason.
We regularly have [at the constituency office] people […] who are not covered, who end up with a bill and who have to intervene with the RAMQ and, most often, the minister will finish by wiping the slate in a discretionary manner, he says.
At the Parti Québécois, MP Joël Arseneau believes that the government must continue the work and ensure that a solution can be put in place implemented. Since the RAMQ has different hypotheses, I think the government must take action quickly, he declares.
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