Draft Regulation abolishing accessory costs related to the provision of insured services and governing transportation costs for biological samples
The purpose of this draft regulation is to abolish accessory costs, an initiative which the Québec Ombudsman applauds. However, two of them, related to the transportation of biological samples, can be billed to users.
Even if the amounts in play are not very high and these services can be delivered free of charge in the public network, the Québec Ombudsman notes that abolition of these costs is a form of delisting. Furthermore, it says it is concerned because the door to the billing of accessory costs via the regulatory route has been left open.
This is why the Québec Ombudsman’s letter to the Minister of Health and Social Services reiterates that "access to health services must not be hampered by fixing of accessory costs in violation of the Act."