Billing for private or semi-private rooms in a hospital

A stay in a private or semi-private room in every unit in a hospital is billable if you have requested one (whether in intensive care, palliative care, coronary care or other), even when prescribed by a doctor or if your condition requires this type of room.

Stays in wards are covered by the RAMQ.

The importance of your choice
The choice of a room category is made at the time of admission, or as soon as possible, by the patient or their representative (this choice can be made or modified during the hospital stay, at any time after admission).

It is important to understand that there are financial consequences to the choice made.

The institution bills at the rate applicable to the room chosen and occupied. However, if the room occupied is inferior to the one requested by the patient, the institution bills at the rate applicable to the room occupied.

The patient is responsible for the costs, and it is the patient’s responsibility to contact their insurance company to learn about the costs covered by the company in order to make an informed choice.