Press conference aborted after doc asks question about cuts to refugee health plan

University Health Network CEO Bob Bells tried to apologize after a doctor and a medical student interrupted a press conference by Federal Natural Resources Minister Joe Oliver at the Toronto General Hospital yesterday.

Is this really Dr. Bell’s role?

The doctors vow to “interrupt” the Harper government over their cuts to the Interim Federal Health plan for refugees to Canada due to take place June 30.

The cuts remove so-called supplemental health services from newly arrived refugees, the Harper government stating that these are not services normally covered for most Canadians. This is not entirely true.

In fact, similiar health services are normally made available to Canadians on social assistance. Most refugees arrive in Canada without money for dentistry, drugs and other non-insured services.

As Dr. Chris Keefer states in the video, these are similiar to services available to Ontario Works recipients.

CBC’s clip of the aborted news conference is below:


Read about the open letter sent by AMMI Canada regarding the Harper cuts.

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