Drug-insurance premium goes down for Quebecers in public plan

This is the second time the annual premium has gone down since the plan was inaugurated in 1997.

Presse Canadienne

Updated: July 1, 2018

This is the second time the annual premium has gone down since public drug insurance plan was inaugurated in 1997. Phil Carpenter / Montreal Gazette

The annual maximum premium for Quebec’s public prescription drug insurance plan has gone down by 7.7 per cent from last year.

The decrease, which took effect on Sunday, will benefit 2.2 million people. The maximum premium went down from $667 to $616.

Health Minister Gaétan Barrette said new agreements with drug companies made the reduction possible.

He noted that it was only the second time only since the public drug insurance plan was inaugurated in 1997 that the annual premium had gone down.

The public drug insurance plan covers 3.6 million people.

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