RAMQ’s waiting period

Canada is committed to making health care as inexpensive as possible, or free, for anyone in the country. Living in Québec qualifies you to benefit automatically from the health insurance: RAMQ. Automatically doesn’t mean immediately though, because you will have to wait to receive your card before you are covered by the insurance.  The length of this waiting time can also depend on the country you come from, as each country has a different arrangement with Québec concerning health insurance.


During this waiting period, you are not covered by the health insurance, and so it is really important to subscribe to a private insurance. If anything happens to you during this time and you are not insured, you can end up paying a lot of money to receive the care that you need.

It is important to know exactly how the system works to be sure to benefit from it as much as you can. Visit the RAMQ website to know if some conditions apply to your origin country by clicking here.

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I founded ARIANNE Relocation Canada in 1997 in order to assist families relocating to Montreal, and then all over Canada. I have a lot of advice and stories to share about how to successfully move and relocate to Canada! If I can be of help please contact me at manon@ariannerelocation.com

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