Health minister Réjean Hébert is emphatic: there are no plans to charge patients extra for stays at the new MUHC and CHUM superhospitals.
"Free hospitalization is here to stay, and charging patients based on their income is not an option," Hébert said in a statement.
A report earlier this week suggested the province was thinking about charging patients extra for stays in the new superhospitals. Currently, the only patients who pay extra are the ones who request semi-private and private rooms. If the patients don't mind sharing their rooms with up to three other people, the stays are free.
Private rooms will be the norm at the two new facilities.
The province rakes in about $60 million from charging for semi-private and private rooms.
The health ministry had put in place a committee to revise the fee schedules, which is due to submit a report in a year.