On March 28, 2018, the Québec government presented a final budget before the elections on October 1, 2018. Below are the highlights related to health care.
With an increase of 4.6% in health care spending, health care costs are increasing this year by $1.5 billion. In total, this amounts to $38.5 billion of the budget that should be earmarked for health care in 2018-2019.
These expenditures “mainly serve to finance health and social services institutions and medical compensation,” explains the Budget Paper.
Spending by health and social services institutions will total $26.5 billion, growing by 5.3%.
Spending by the Régie de l’assurance maladie du Québec (RAMQ) will be $12.9 billion, increasing by 1.5%, which includes an injection of $44 million for medical compensation. The largest share of the increase for compensation, or $352 million, is planned for 2019-2020.
Note that investments of $18.7 billion are also planned for developing the health and social services system.