Régie de l'assurance maladie du Québec

Example of how coverage works

Your doctor has given you a prescription for skin patches, and you purchase them at a pharmacy on December 1, 2013. As a result, the patches are covered for 12 consecutive weeks, that is, until February 22, 2014.

After 4 weeks, you stop using the patches, and your doctor prescribes stop-smoking gum instead. Up to the end of the 12-week period ending on February 22, 2014, the Public Prescription Drug Insurance Plan will reimburse a maximum of 840 pieces of chewing gum.

Then you start smoking again. On March 12, 2014, you again take steps to quit, and your doctor prescribes stop-smoking tablets. Since the tablets do not belong to the same category of products as the gum or patches, the tablets are covered for 12 consecutive weeks.

If you decide to use them again, the gum and patches will once more be covered as of December 1, 2014, that is, one year after you purchased the first patches, while the tablets will be covered as of March 12, 2015.