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Important notice

COVID-19: Information about our services

Our services are available online and by telephone. In compliance with the new sanitary measures and to limit physical contact, our offices are no longer accessible. If you have any questions, please refer to the webpage Questions and answers about our services during the pandemic.

Last-resort financial assistance (social assistance)

If you become a recipient of last-resort financial assistance, you are automatically registered with the Public Prescription Drug Insurance Plan. However, when you cease to be a recipient, you must take steps concerning your drug insurance coverage.

Becoming a recipient of last-resort financial assistance

If you become a recipient of last-resort financial assistance, the Ministère du Travail, de l’Emploi et de la Solidarité sociale will notify us and we will register you with the Public Prescription Drug Insurance Plan. No action is required on your part.

When purchasing covered drugs at a pharmacy, you will have to present a valid Health Insurance Card and claim slip (carnet de réclamation).

Ceasing to be a recipient of last-resort financial assistance

If you cease to be a recipient of last-resort financial assistance, the Ministère du Travail, de l’Emploi et de la Solidarité sociale will notify us, and we will automatically cancel your public plan registration. You will then have to take certain steps regarding your prescription drug insurance coverage.

Check whether you qualify for a private plan

Private plans are available through employment or a professional association or order, or else through one’s spouse. If your spouse is covered by a private plan, you must also be covered under that plan, unless you are already covered under another private plan.

If you qualify for a private plan, you must join it, at least for the drug insurance portion. Most of the time, drug insurance is included as part of a plan covering other health care (i.e. a health insurance plan). Sometimes, this coverage is provided alone.

If you don’t qualify for a private plan, you must register with the Public Prescription Drug Insurance Plan.

Maximum annual contribution

There is a maximum annual amount that insured persons may be required to pay for their drug purchases. As a general rule, the private insurer or the RAMQ sees to it that this maximum is not exceeded. However, persons who change insurance plans and believe they will reach their maximum annual contribution before the end of the year must themselves inform their new insurer of the amount of their contributions.