Frank Duchoeny
Chomedey, Laval



Frank Duchoeny seeks reimbursement of $43,100.00 US, for his son Ryan’s costly Cochlear Implant.


Montreal, Quebec – January 16, 2002 – The hearing of Ryan Duchoeny vs. RAMQ (Régie d’Assurance Maladie du Québec) and Hôpital Hôtel-dieu de Québec  will take place on January 28th, 29th & 30th. After many delays the case of Ryan Duchoeny vs. RAMQ (Régie d'Assurance Maladie du Québec) will finally be heard by the TAQ (Tribunal administrative du Québec). The Duchoeny family is represented by Me. Julius Grey.


The hearing will take place at 9:30A.M.;

Tribunal administrative du Québec

500 Boul. René Lévesque Ouest, 22nd floor

Montréal, Québec

This case will prove that Ryan Duchoeny was discriminated against based on budgetary issues and not in his best medical interests. The reality is RAMQ is WASTING TAXPAYER’S MONEY by refusing to make deaf children (and deaf adults) functionally more independent for the rest of their lives.


His denial for a Cochlear Implant was not because he would not attain a benefit, as stated by the doctors at Hôpital Hôtel Dieu du Québec and RAMQ. Ryan was considered to be a borderline case and that the government, due to budgetary reasons was not willing to take the chance, though these "chances” are taken all the time in the US.


There is no reason to deny a person linguistic, cultural, and social INTEGRATION into general society, just because of "MONEY." In fact, granting a child of Ryan's age independence will SAVE money for the government as Ryan grows up. He will be much more likely to go onto be gainfully employed and he will be able to function very well in general society. The government should be very pleased by this, and very willing to save money. There are already MANY studies that demonstrate that the benefits of the Cochlear Implant FAR outweigh the "COST," and also that governments save money by giving people a cochlear implant, over the person's lifetime.

Due to Frank Duchoeny's tenacity and determination Ryan Duchoeny was implanted in
Burlington Vermont on the 5th of March 2001 and activated at the same center on the 2nd of April, 2001.

Since this activation, Ryan has made enormous advances with his Cochlear Implant and is on his way to a tremendous future.

Frank Duchoeny is seeking full reimbursement from RAMQ for his son's surgery and full recognition that they erred in not performing Ryan's Implant in a timely manner.

For further information please contact

Frank Duchoeny via E-Mail at