Quebec announces end to extra-billing
The Quebec Health Minister announced on September 14 2016 that the province will be putting an end to extra-billing fees by the beginning of 2017.
In 2015, Quebec’s National Assembly legalised extra-billing by passing Bill 20. In concrete terms, it means that it is now common in the province to pay for medically necessary services such as over $500 for anesthesia when having a colonoscopy or $80 for eye drops during the treatment of macular degeneration.
In May 2016, Quebec Réseau FADOQ filed an application to the federal court for a motion of mandamus. This motion was to force the federal government to take measures to stop the extra-billing of Quebec patients. The Canadian Health Coalition has shown support to this important action. You can read more about the court case here.