Ministère de la Santé et des Services sociaux
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Health and Social Services System in Brief
The population has access to hospital and medical services dispensed by the State through two universal plans :
- the Hospital Insurance Plan, introduced in 1961;
- and the Health Insurance Plan, introduced in 1970.
In addition, a number of services are available to specific groups free of charge, provided they meet certain criteria. These include dental services, vision-related services and devices that compensate for physical impairments.
Public health sector coverage for all Québecers was completed in 1997, with the introduction of the Public Prescription Drug Insurance Plan, a joint universal plan based on a partnership between the State and private insurers.
Lastly, individuals may subscribe to private plans offering additional insurance to pay for services and drugs not covered by the public plans.
Last update: December 21, 2015