Premium Payable Under the Québec Prescription Drug Insurance Plan

If you have a health insurance card issued by the Régie de l'assurance maladie du Québec (RAMQ), you are required to be covered by one of the following plans:

  • a group insurance plan that provides basic prescription drug insurance, if you are eligible for such a plan;
  • Québec's public prescription drug insurance plan, if you are not eligible for a group insurance plan. To be covered by the Québec prescription drug insurance plan, you must register with the RAMQ by telephone or online.

Regardless of whether you buy prescription drugs, you have to be covered by Québec's public prescription drug insurance plan and pay an annual premium, which we collect.

You can include the premium payable under the public plan in calculating the refundable tax credit for medical expenses (provided the period you use to determine the amount of medical expenses includes December 31 of the year for which the premium is payable). To claim the tax credit, you must complete Schedule B of the income tax return and enclose it with your return.

The maximum premium for 2017 is $663.50 (per spouse in the case of a couple). To calculate the premium, complete Schedule K. Completing and sending us Schedule K does not mean you are registering for the Québec prescription drug insurance plan.

If you would like more information about the plan, go to the RAMQ website or see the instructions for line 447 in the guide to the income tax return (TP-1.G-V).

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