The RAMQ's Lawsuit : The FMSQ Does Not Endorse RocklandMD's Position

Montreal, November 28, 2013 — The Fédération des médecins spécialistes du Québec (FMSQ) learnt through the news media that the Régie de l'assurance maladie du Québec (RAMQ) has launched a lawsuit against RocklandMD. In a press release issued on November 28, 2013, RocklandMD implies that the FMSQ will be siding with them in the litigation that opposes them to the RAMQ by stating that "the FMSQ thus fully endorses the position taken by RocklandMD who would have wanted (…) to open a dialogue on this issue with the RAMQ..."

The FMSQ emphasizes that it is not a party in this lawsuit. The latter is based on claims of non respect of the letter of the regulation that controls the payment of medical services provided in offices, which are covered by agreements arrived at between the medical federations and the ministère de la Santé et des Services sociaux (MSSS). "The problem of incidental fees is the result of a legal and historical vagueness in this regulation that has never been adapted to the evolution of the practice of medicine. The FMSQ has, oftentimes, asked the MSSS to clarify the situation, which has never been done," commented the President of the FMSQ, Dr Gaétan Barrette. In addition, the FMSQ has, in the past, informed its members of the limits that the current regulatory text imposes.

"In any case, the FMSQ is of the opinion that the lawsuit launched by the RAMQ will at least have the advantage of allowing a legal analysis of the situation and perhaps of forcing the government to adopt a clear and explicit position with regards to all fees incurred for the provision of medical services in offices," concludes Dr Barrette.

The Fédération des médecins spécialistes du Québec represents more than 9,000 medical specialists certified in one of the 53 recognized medical specialties.