2. The Minister of Health and Social Services shall be entrusted with the application of this Act. His functions shall be:
(a) to coordinate the measures for the protection of public health and the distribution and supervision of the services relating to such protection;
(b) to participate in the preparation of programs of popular education, training and research in the fields of prevention, diagnosis and treatment of diseases, rehabilitation of the sick and public health generally;
(c) to assure the access of the population to the services provided for by this Act and to analyse the use of such services;
(d) to establish and maintain a system for gathering and analysing social, medical and epidemiological data and compile information on births, marriages, divorces, annulments of marriage and deaths for demographic purposes;
(e) to establish a system for gathering and analysing data on the frequency and distribution of disease and in particular of diseases having social repercussions such as alcoholism and other toxicomanias;
(f) to see that services for the prevention of and immunization against certain diseases and services for the prevention of dental diseases are assured;
(g) to issue permits in accordance with this Act.
In addition to his powers under this Act, the Minister may, by regulation,
(a) determine ambulance service zones;
(b) except as regards a municipality providing ambulance services, fix the rate of transportation by ambulance and determine, for categories of users who are not required to pay for such transportation or who may be reimbursed for all or part of its costs under legislative or regulatory provisions, particular rates applicable to each category or establish standards for fixing them;
(c) establish standards for fixing the maximum number of ambulance service permits or the maximum number of ambulances; such maximum numbers may be fixed for a region, part of a region, a territory or a zone;
(d) establish standards for transport by ambulance between facilities maintained by institutions;
(e) establish standards for ambulance service subsidies;
(f) (subparagraph repealed);
(g) determine the standards regarding the qualifications of the staff assigned to the services of a pre-hospitalization emergency system and the standards regarding the equipment, functioning and inspection of the operations of such services;
(h) determine the terms and conditions which must be fulfilled by any person applying for an ambulance service permit;
(i) determine what document and information a holder of an ambulance service permit must produce, the reports he must make, the records he must keep and the fees he must pay, as well as the conditions and procedure for renewal of permits;
(j) prescribe any useful measure to ensure the protection and safety of persons transported by ambulance.
The Minister may, on the conditions and to the extent he determines, delegate to a regional board or regional council the functions and powers provided in subparagraph g of the first paragraph and in the second paragraph, except those provided in subparagraphs b and e; he may also entrust a regional board or regional council with the financial management of the funds relating to the carrying out of this section.
The Minister may verify the carrying out of the said delegation or appoint a person to do so. He may revoke such a delegation at any time. If a delegation is revoked, a by-law passed by a regional board or regional council under the delegation remains in force until it is replaced or repealed by the Minister.
1972, c. 42, s. 2; 1981, c. 22, s. 104; 1984, c. 47, s. 114; 1985, c. 23, s. 24; 1988, c. 47, s. 4; 1992, c. 21, s. 241, s. 375.