18.1. Hospital centres and reception centres shall submit their criteria on the admission and discharge of beneficiaries and their policies on the transfer of beneficiaries, for approval, to the health and social service council of their region if it is designated by regulation.
Every regional council designated under the first paragraph shall establish, in accordance with the standards determined by regulation, a regional system for the admission, discharge and transfer for beneficiaries of long-term care, shelter and rehabilitation, except beneficiaries of services from rehabilitation centres for physically handicapped persons, from rehabilitation centres for persons addicted to drugs and from care and shelter centres for mothers.
Notwithstanding the first paragraph, the Minister may require a hospital centre or a reception centre that he designates for that purpose because of its special vocation to submit to him its criteria on admissions and discharge, and its policies on transfers of beneficiaries. The Minister shall in such a case obtain the opinion of the health and social service council of the region in which the institution is situated. Once approved by the Minister, such criteria and policies bind the institutions and the regional council concerned.
1981, c. 22, s. 43; 1983, c. 54, s. 72; 1984, c. 47, s. 164; 1986, c. 57, s. 6; 1992, c. 21, s. 375.