Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Quebec to Abolish All Health-Care Fees on State-Insured Services by January

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Quebec to Abolish All Health-Care Fees on State-Insured Services by January

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Quebec to abolish health fees by January

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QUEBEC - Quebec doctors will no longer be allowed to charge incidental fees associated with services covered by the provincial health insurance plan, Health Minister Gaetan Barrette announced Wednesday.

Patients will have to show their provincial medicare card to avoid the fees.

Currently, Quebec doctors often charge patients for various services, including pap smears, stitches and injections.

"If a 70-year-old patient visits an ophthalmologist, for instance, and needs eye drops, the drops won't be $200 or $100 or $1, they won't even be 50 cents," he said.

"There will be no fees."

Certain exceptions will apply: a maximum of $15 will be charged for a blood sample if it is taken in a private clinic or a specialized centre. For any other tissue sample, the fee will be capped at $5. …

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