Starting today rapid COVID-19 tests no longer free for most Quebecers – CBC

As of Monday, pharmacies will charge $20 per test

May 14, 2023

COVID-19 rapid tests are no longer freely available to everyone in Quebec pharmacies as of today.

Only people deemed to be at high risk of health complications or who benefit from free medication according to the public prescription drug insurance plan will still have no-charge access to the tests.

The Ministry of Health and Social Services (MSSS) made the announcement last March, specifying that rapid tests would be distributed in 1,900 community pharmacies in Quebec until March 31, 2024.

Among those who will still be able to get these tests for free are immunosuppressed adults, people aged 60 and over, pregnant women, and adults living with a chronic illness.

People who do not meet these criteria will still be able to buy rapid tests in pharmacies for $20, according to Benoit Morin, president of the Quebec Association of Proprietary Pharmacists (AQPP).

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