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CDM welcomes restoration of Interim Federal Health Program

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Canadian doctors welcome refugee health announcement as the federal government restores the Interim Federal Health Program

TORONTO (February 19, 2016) –Canadian Doctors for Medicare commends the federal government for reinstating the Interim Federal Health Program (IFHP) and providing equitable access to Medicare to those seeking status in Canada.

Yesterday, the Honourable John McCallum, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, and the Honourable Jane Philpott, Minister of Health, announced the federal government is restoring IFHP to pre-2012 coverage levels for all beneficiaries as of April 1, 2016. Additionally, they will expand the program in April 2017 to include some coverage for services pre-departure for approved claimants waiting to come to Canada such as medical examinations required for immigration and vaccinations.

Canadian Doctors for Medicare applauds the federal government’s decision to restore refugee health care,” said Dr. Monika Dutt, Chair, Canadian Doctors for Medicare. The announcement reinforces Canadian Medicare’s capacity to provide equitable access to quality health care — a standard that all who reside in Canada should be able to depend on.”

The previous government’s decision to cut refugee health care in 2012 undermined the central tenets of Medicare and led to situations such as denial of cancer therapy or prenatal care for pregnant women.

At their press conference, Minister McCallum and Philpott also recognized that the complexity of the previous health care system affected doctors’ ability to provide care to refugees, often forcing them into an impossible dilemma.

Canadian Medicare was created to provide health services based on need, not ability to pay,” Dutt continued. We are pleased that doctors can once again treat patients without fear of contravening federal regulations and the people who were affected no longer having to make difficult decisions about whether or not to seek care.”

Canadian Doctors for Medicare provides a voice for Canadian doctors who want to strengthen and improve Canada's universal publicly-funded health care system. We advocate for innovations in treatment and prevention services that are evidence-based and improve access, quality, equity and sustainability.

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For more information, please contact:

Mary-Margaret Jones, Communications and Outreach, Canadian Doctors for Medicare

 

416-351-3300/ This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Canadian doctors welcome refugee health announcement as the federal government restores the Interim Federal Health Program

TORONTO (February 19, 2016) –Canadian Doctors for Medicare commends the federal government for reinstating the Interim Federal Health Program (IFHP) and providing equitable access to Medicare to those seeking status in Canada.

Yesterday, the Honourable John McCallum, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, and the Honourable Jane Philpott, Minister of Health, announced the federal government is restoring IFHP to pre-2012 coverage levels for all beneficiaries as of April 1, 2016. Additionally, they will expand the program in April 2017 to include some coverage for services pre-departure for approved claimants waiting to come to Canada such as medical examinations required for immigration and vaccinations.

Canadian Doctors for Medicare applauds the federal government’s decision to restore refugee health care,” said Dr. Monika Dutt, Chair, Canadian Doctors for Medicare. The announcement reinforces Canadian Medicare’s capacity to provide equitable access to quality health care — a standard that all who reside in Canada should be able to depend on.”

The previous government’s decision to cut refugee health care in 2012 undermined the central tenets of Medicare and led to situations such as denial of cancer therapy or prenatal care for pregnant women.

At their press conference, Minister McCallum and Philpott also recognized that the complexity of the previous health care system affected doctors’ ability to provide care to refugees, often forcing them into an impossible dilemma.

Canadian Medicare was created to provide health services based on need, not ability to pay,” Dutt continued. We are pleased that doctors can once again treat patients without fear of contravening federal regulations and the people who were affected no longer having to make difficult decisions about whether or not to seek care.”

Canadian Doctors for Medicare provides a voice for Canadian doctors who want to strengthen and improve Canada's universal publicly-funded health care system. We advocate for innovations in treatment and prevention services that are evidence-based and improve access, quality, equity and sustainability.

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For more information, please contact:

Mary-Margaret Jones

Communications and Outreach

Canadian Doctors for Medicare

416-351-3300/ This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.