Refugee Health Cuts- Impact on Universal Health Coverage
Immigration Minister Jason Kenney instituted changes to the IFH program, July 1, 2012, which have resulted in:
- Eliminating coverage of medical services for refugee claimants from certain ‘safe’ countries and for refused refugee claimants, except for a very circumscribed list of contagious diseases (OMIT: diseases and other conditions) posing a public health or public safety risk
- Eliminating coverage for dental and eye care, midwifery, psychotherapy, long term care, occupational therapy, physiotherapy and prosthetics for all refugee claimants and privately sponsored refugees
This fireside chat will consider:
- What effect have IFH changes had on refugees and refugee claimants needing health care?
- Are some people being refused health care to which they are actually entitled because of confusion about the new policy?
- What will happen when Citizenship and Immigration Canada introduces a planned designated countries of origin (DCO) list, drastically limiting IFH coverage for refugee claimants from these countries?
- What are the options for physicians, public health officials, and hospital administrators when faced with refugee claimants who have no medical coverage except for conditions threatening public health or safety, not even for medical emergencies?
Advisors on Tap:
Kevin Pottie MD, CCFP, MClSc, FCFP
Departments of Family Medicine and Epidemiology and Community Medicine
Scientist, Centre for Global Health at the Institute of Population Health and CT Lamont Centre for Research for Primary Health Care, Elisabeth Bruyère Research Institute
Faculty of Medicine, University of Ottawa
Janet Cleveland, PhD
Psychologist and Researcher on refugee rights
CSSS de la Montagne Research Centre and
Ritika Goel, MD, MPH, CCFP
Inner City Health Associates, Toronto
Ritika Goel is a Toronto-based family physician and public health professional serving Toronto's inner city population including immigrants and refugees. She is a member of Health for All, an advocacy organization of health providers and allies that advocate for access to health and healthcare for those with precarious immigration status in Canada.