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Cyndee Todgham Cherniak

United States

Susan Kohn Ross


Andrew Hudson

Private Health Care Providers May See Opportunities on the Horizon in Quebec

On February 19, 2008, a task force  proposed “profound” changes to Quebec's health care system, including a greater role for the private sector.   The head of the task force is former Liberal minister and insurance company executive, Claude Castonguay.  Mr. Casteonguay stated:

“We are proposing to give a greater role to the private sector so that people can exercise a freedom of choice.”

The task force made a very non-traditional recommendation that doctors be allowed under certain restrictions to practice in both the public and private systems and that private insurance companies be authorized to insure services currently covered under the public health program.

The task force's recommendations, if adopted, could open the door to opportunities for health care and insurance providers.  However, any foreign service provider should carefully review any implementing legislation and consider whether there are opportunities.  Since Canada's health care system in public in nature, Canada has taken steps to preserve its rights under its international obligations.  That being said, this is the time to be taking to Canadian trade counsel about Canada's international obligations and the new developments in the Canadian or provincial health care systems.

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