Refugee Health

Health care for Syrian refugees: is Canada ready?

This month, the first surge of Syrian refugees will arrive in Canada. They’ll enter in remarkable numbers, with 25,000 arriving before the end of February, and as many as 25,000 more in the rest of 2016. That’s a victory to many who fought to allow them in – but the work isn’t done. Having their first

Time for a human rights-based approach to refugee health

Grace Belayneh

June 16th, 2014 will mark the 3rd National Day of Action to Stop Cuts to Refugee Health Care in Canada. Concerned members of the Canadian public and healthcare providers across the country will again join forces to protest the changes that were made to the Interim Federal Health Program (IFHP) in 2012. The IFHP was

Ten reasons why the refugee health care cuts are a bad idea

Naheed Dosani blogger

I​n 2011, Su-Yun Kim and her husband arrived in Canada hoping for a better life, as many refugee claimants do. In North Korea where they were born and raised, Su-Yun’s husband was involved in political activity, necessitating that they flee from their loved ones and their home for safety. With difficulty, they managed to escape

The new refugee health care plan – am I understanding it correctly?

Meena Roberts Immigrant Health blogger

Starting July 1st, 2012, the Government plans to eliminate health care services to some refugee claimants and significantly reduce services to others.  Refugee claimants will get basic health care in urgent/essential situations, i.e., if they are rushed to the hospital or if they have communicable diseases such as tuberculosis, which could pose a risk to Canadians. 

Passing the buck: cuts to the Interim Federal Health Program will just mean greater costs for the provinces

Ashley Miller blogger

The Interim Federal Health Program (IFHP) was established in 1957 to provide temporary coverage of medical costs for refugee claimants without financial means while they await qualification for provincial or territorial coverage. Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Minister Jason Kenney recently introduced changes to the IFHP that have prompted outcry across the country from physicians and