Post # 1
Hi Bees – A family member who lives in Quebec (Can. citizen) needs cataract surgery and says it isn’t covered under the national health system. Is that the case? And where would I find information online? I have been googling for ages and cannot find much info but what I do find says cataract surgery *is* covered, but not the kind which corrects vision (no need for glasses after surgery). Links to verifiable information would be greatly appreciated!! Thanks!!
Post # 2
Health Care is a provincial responsibility in Canada, not national.
Cataract surgery is covered by the provincial health plan. What is not covered is the insertion of an intra ocular lens. That part is seen as cosmetic as the patient could manage quite nicely wearing glasses after the cataract is removed.
In Quebec, as in some other provinces, cataract patients can opt out of the wait list for surgery at a public hospital, and pay for surgery at a private clinic. The doctors at those private clinics can only charge for cataract surgery if they have opted out of Medicare- the provincial plan. Doctors who still bill Medicare for procedures are not legally allowed to bill the patient directly- either instead of, or in addition to the medicare payment.
Quebec Medical Plan
Their contact numbers
This is the website for the Nurseline in Quebec who can also be helpful
From within Quebec you can phone 811
Their other contact numbers
Quebec region: 418 644-4545
Montreal area: 514 644-4545
Elsewhere in Quebec: 1 877 644-4545 (toll free)
The 811 and the toll free number may not work outside of Quebec.
Post # 3
Thank you! Wow! Much appreciated!