The Quebec government announced on Thursday a new bill to improve accessibility to health and drug coverage for children born to migrant parents.
This new measure could affect nearly 4,350 children whether or not they were born in Quebec, the government said.
With the amendment to the Quebec Health Insurance Act, all children concerned could have access to the RAMQ if their parents can provide proof that they have been established in the province for at least six months.
“We are thus helping to fight against certain inequalities in access to health services that we had observed, with a concern for equity for all people living in Quebec, and especially children and their families”, in particular specified in a press release Nadine Girault, Minister of International Relations and Francophonie, Minister of Immigration, Francization and Integration.
Several organizations, such as Médecins du Monde Canada and the Observatory for Toddlers, welcomed this initiative of the Legault government.
“This is excellent news in a context where the pandemic has contributed to exacerbate social inequalities and therefore increase the difficulties experienced by migrant families with precarious status, which have been hit hard by the current crisis”, Fannie Dagenais, director of the Toddler Observatory, said in a press release.
These associations hope, however, that this modification represents the first step in the expansion of health coverage in the province.