History and Evolution of the AOGQ
Its creation became necessary upon the introduction of the provincial health insurance plan. At that time, all physicians practicing in Quebec were required to bill the Régie d'assurance-maladie du Québec (RAMQ) for their medical procedures. All obstetricians and gynecologists in Quebec, of necessity, became members of their Association, since their union dues were deducted at source by the RAMQ in accordance with the Rand Formula.
The value of every procedure performed during medical practice had to be defined. The Federation of Medical Specialists of Quebec was therefore created to represent the 28 or so specialties recognized by the College at that time. There are now 35 specialties.
Faced with this resistance, the Minister at that time, Jean Castonguay, tabled a special bill which required all specialists to return to duty as of November 1. If they refused to comply, they were liable to have their property and bank accounts seized. A special committee was formed, which had the power to monitor any resistance and take the measures necessary to force recalcitrant physicians back to work.
In view of this action, the Federation decreed a return to medical practice. On November 15, 1970, we went back to our usual activities. A comprehensive document was tabled which set arbitrary fees for each medical and surgical procedure performed.