Bill 92 – An Act to extend the powers of the Régie de l’assurance maladie du Québec and to amend various legislative provisions | Protecteur du Citoyen
May 10, 2016

Bill 92 – An Act to extend the powers of the Régie de l’assurance maladie du Québec and to amend various legislative provisions

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The Québec Ombudsman endorses the goals of Bill 92, which gives the Régie l’assurance maladie du Québec new powers over remuneration, inspection, penalties and curbing of illegal practices.

However, in its brief tabled on May 10, 2016, it nonetheless made recommendations aimed at creating obligations for the Régie, in particular regarding: 

  • Reimbursing insured users who have been billed illegally without their having to apply to be reimbursed;
  • Providing the professional orders concerned with all useful information about their members found to violate the Act;
  • Protecting whistleblowers against reprisal;
  • Increasing its obligations in terms of accountability.

Furthermore, the Québec Ombudsman recommends that the government use its regulatory power provided for in the Act to promptly set a ceiling on administrative tariffs for uninsured services.

Returning to the question of accessory costs, it recommends that their prohibition be confirmed by repealing a legislative provision that makes it possible to authorize these fees by regulation.

“The passage of Bill 92 should translate into timely action to counter misuse of the massive public funds managed by the Régie,” Ombudsperson Raymonde Saint-Germain pointed out.