Proposed Bill 92 – The FMSQ's Preliminary Reactions

Montreal, April 7, 2016 – The Fédération des médecins spécialistes du Québec (FMSQ) wishes to make its preliminary reactions known after the Minister of Health and Social Services introduced Bill 92, An Act to extend the powers of the Régie de l'assurance maladie du Québec and to amend various legislative provisions.

"Although this Bill requires more in-depth analysis on our part, the FMSQ wishes to emphasize that it agrees with the principal objectives of this Bill. The FMSQ has always been in favour of applying adequate control measures to make sure public funds are better managed and it has always collaborated with the Régie to this end. We therefore support the granting of additional powers to the Régie in this respect," commented Dr Diane Francœur, President of the FMSQ.

"This being said, certain modifications introduced in this Bill are nonetheless surprising, since they could result in the granting of new powers to the RAMQ that even the Agence du Revenu du Québec does not have, in particular for collection purposes. It will be important to ensure the balance is maintained between the powers to be granted and respect for the rights of healthcare providers," continued Dr Francœur.

"The FMSQ will complete its analysis of the Bill and will publish its observations in a white paper on the subject," concluded Dr Francœur.

The Fédération des médecins spécialistes du Québec represents more than 10,000 medical specialists certified in one of 59 recognized medical specialties.