The minister of Health and Social Services, Réjean Hébert, and the minister of Transport, Sylvain Gaudreault issued a statement early this morning outlining plans to increase the validity of Quebecer’s health insurance cards and driver’s licenses from 4 to 8 years.
The change will take place gradually starting on October 1, 2014.
“There are multiple benefits to increasing the duration of the insurance card to 8 years, starting with the fact that this measure will facilitate the lives of citizens. At the same time, in addition to allowing us to generate savings, the fact of halving the number of renewals will help protect the environment by reducing the use of paper and plastic,” said Hébert.
At present, the province issues approximately 2 million health cards annually. Renewal procedures for both cards will remain the same and will continue to be synchronized.