Québec residents are covered by public health care. The Régie de l'Assurance Maladie du Québec (RAMQ) is the government agency that manages public health insurance in Québec. In order to qualify, you must be a Québec resident who is present in Québec for 183 days or more during a calendar year.
If you are here temporarily, you may qualify for coverage; visitors are not eligible. Click here to find out if you meet the eligibility conditions.
How to get your health card?
Your Quebec health card is your RAMQ card and it can also often be referred to as the “carte soleil”.
To register for your RAMQ card, click here.
For more information about the Québec Health Plan, contact RAMQ at 1 800-561-9749 or go to the website.
When to apply?
Apply for your Québec health care card right away when you arrive here. There is a 3-month waiting period after you register. The sooner you apply, the sooner you are covered. This period also applies if you hold Canadian citizenship but does not apply to children under age 18 or if you are a member of the Canadian armed forces and your family.
Until you receive your Québec health insurance card, if you have moved from another province, your home province should cover most of your medical expenses. You may, in some cases, have to pay upfront when you receive services here and ask your home province to reimburse you afterwards. If you are coming from another country, you are advised to take out private insurance within 5 days of your arrival in Québec to ensure your coverage during the waiting period.
Shortly after you submit your application for Québec health care, you will receive a letter in the mail from RAMQ confirming that they have received your request. This letter can be used as proof of address and residence for certain services until you receive your card.