Dr Réjean Hébert is a prominent Canadian politician with a distinguished career in gerontology who is now in a powerful position to advocate for a public care insurance scheme in Canada. He is the Province of Québec’s Minister of Health and Social Services.
Dr Hébert obtained his Doctorate of Medicine degree from the Université de Sherbrooke in 1979 and a speciality degree in Geriatric Medicine in 1987. He has also a Diploma in gerontology from the Université des sciences sociales, Grenoble (1981) and he studied here at the Institute to obtain the Master of Philosophy degree in Epidemiology from the University of Cambridge (1994).
From 2004 to 2010, he was Dean of the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences at the Université de Sherbrooke. He is a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences. He was the founding Director of the Research Centre on Aging in Sherbrooke and the Quebec Research Network on Aging (FRSQ). He was also the founding Scientific Director of the Institute of Aging of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research. He was the Director of PRISMA (Program of Research to Integrate the Services for the Maintenance of Autonomy), a unique consortium of researchers, health care
managers and policy makers working on the organization of services for the frail older people. He developed the
SMAF (Functional Autonomy Measurement System), an instrument for assessing the needs of people with disabilities.
He has been full professor and researcher at the Research Centre on Aging of the Université de Sherbrooke.
He has been advocating all his career for prioritizing home care and establishing a public long-term care insurance
plan in Canada.
In September 2012, he was elected as a Member of the National Assembly in Quebec (district of Saint-François) and he
became Minister of Health and Social Sciences, Minister responsible for Seniors and Minister responsible for the
Eastern Townships area. On December 2013, he posted to the National Assembly the Bill 67: the Autonomy Insurance
Act establishing the Long-term Care Insurance Program for Quebec.