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Lebanese behind the largest illegal use of Quebec’s healthcare insurance RAMQ

You have previously heard about the documentary exposing Lebanese faking their Canadian permanent residency, and this one just adds to it.

Quebec’s healthcare system RAMQ (Régie de l’assurance maladie du Québec) is trying to recuperate around $500,000 caused by the illegal use of the system, which made it the largest fraud in RAMQ’s history in relation to illegal use of the medical card. And guess what, the majority of this is caused by Lebanese.

RAMQ has investigated in the recent months around 1,700 immigrants. More than two-third of them, the majority Lebanese, have simulated their presence in Quebec with the help of a fraudulent Lebanese immigration lawyer, the famous now Nizar Zakka. They have obtained a medical card and used it for healthcare services totaling $500,000. RAMQ was only able to recuperate around $42,000 since most of the immigrants do not live in Quebec. The control of this fraudulent activity will not be easy until RAMQ implements its new barcode card.

You can read the investigation report on RAMQ’s official website here.

Quebec's healthcare system (RAMQ) medical card

Quebec's healthcare system (RAMQ) medical card

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Comment from Jester
Time February 6, 2010 at 2:02 PM

No where in the document it refers to be a Lebanese scheme?

Comment from admin
Time February 6, 2010 at 2:13 PM

In the report, the immigration lawyer is Nizar Zakka (page 3), and on Page 6 they mention that the majority of these people are coming from the Middle East. This report also links to the documentary exposing the Lebanese. But the precise term Lebanese was more mentioned in Radio Canada’s coverage of this at

Comment from Ber0
Time February 6, 2010 at 2:56 PM

R… I do support Jester by his comment.

You cannot say most of them are Lebanese even though Zakka was their “lawyer”. This scandal is only related to Zakka’s scheme and they don’t mention they investigated other lawyers…

As for taking advantage of the Quebec Healthcare, I can assure you those numbers are far from being correct (those numbers and that $500,000 amount is only related to Zakka and his team but we don’t know any data about the other non middle-easter fraudors (don’t forget Eastern Europeans, Mexicans, Latinos, Indians, Chinese, etc.. just to name a few.)

I’m sure if they make this investigation nation wide, Canada will have the best healthcare system in all the G7 countries!

Comment from H
Time February 6, 2010 at 10:38 PM

big deal 500K is nothing

Comment from racha
Time February 7, 2010 at 7:23 PM

i do agree with you guys !
it s not only lebanese people! everybody is doing this nowadays !
but i have to say that in the 24heures newspapers it refers to a Lebanese scheme :$

Comment from F.H.
Time February 7, 2010 at 9:39 PM

I agree with H.

Comment from Ber0
Time February 7, 2010 at 10:57 PM

Racha …. inne menna sorte :P
F.H. = H.F.??

Comment from WizZard
Time February 7, 2010 at 10:59 PM

- We should admit that we did something WRONG.
- It is obvious that the report is referring to the “Lebanese”. We cannot always ignore or hide from what we did. Live with it… it is US “LEBANESE”
- Unfortunately, every single lebanese will get his “share” from this crap
- What we should care about is our “image” in canada (especially quebec), not how much damage we brought to the healthcare system.
- Assuming that other nationalities are doing the same, Why don’t we stick with adjusting our image first before trying to say : ” eh bass fi haideke wou haidike are doing the same… it is not only lebanese”"”… why should we care what they are doing.??????????????
- I am wondering what other illegal activities we are behind? Admin.. keep it a surprise for your next blog :P

Comment from Zaatar
Time February 8, 2010 at 5:05 PM

If you consider that there are 1000 of them who used the healthcare services, this means 500 $/person. This is ridiculous! Do you know that these people had to spend thousands of $ to get the immigrant status. Just the Canadian lawyer who prepares the immigration file cost about between 3000 to 5000$.

Comment from WizZard
Time February 8, 2010 at 5:49 PM


Even if it was $1/person, this is still considered illegal activity ..fraud…
- If you apply alone for immigration, it would cost less than $1500 (All in ALL)…
- It was their choice to pay 3k or 5k or whatever amount they paid… (not the lawyer’s, or even the CDN gov..)
- If a person can pay this amount of money, then he/she can come and stay in canada :) unLESS it is incovenient for them… then if it is so, why are you applying to Canada????

In the end, why should we steal, fraud, or whatever you wanna call it?????

Comment from Fadi
Time February 10, 2010 at 11:51 PM

Ahhh…Lebanese, the same everywhere.

The only book the Lebanese immigrants read is the code of law of their host country. This way they know where the fault is and how they can abuse the system. Actually, probably only one Lebanese reads it and then tells the others how to do it.

Comment from Emile
Time February 24, 2011 at 12:06 AM

new Lebanese immigrants are paying the price now , hours and hours in the canadian custom , eventhough they are staying in Canada for 3 years , judges will screw the lebanese while applying for citizenship left and right , investigating about everything , even asking for their hairdresser , this is really sad , we have escaped from Lebanon for this reason , and now we are in a shitty situation …

Comment from Get More Information
Time November 23, 2013 at 3:37 PM

Rather interesting….looking frontward to returning.

Comment from Frank Luche
Time October 4, 2017 at 6:04 PM

Are you sure about your information?

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