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Refugee Health: The Harper government blinks

The Harper government blinked this week.

Determined to bulldoze through unpopular cuts to the Interim Federal Health Program (IFHP) for refugees, the government partially backed off claiming they were simply “clarifying the wording” on the plan.

The plan provides interim comprehensive health coverage to refugees and asylum seekers until they qualify for provincial and territorial health coverage.

Cuts were due to take place at the end of June, but over the long weekend the wording was changed on the government website, maintaining so-called “supplemental benefits” to United Nations’ refugees the government selects and brings to Canada. The benefits are also being maintained for some privately sponsored refugees.

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Changes to Interim Federal Health plan places communities at risk — AMMI

Changes to the Interim Federal Health plan for refugees may result in higher costs and place communities at risk says the Association of Medical Microbiology and Infectious Disease Canada (AMMI).

In a June 18 letter signed by AMMI President Dr. A. Mark Joffe, the association says they “strongly disagree” that the changes will protect public safety.

The Federal program provides a bridge to refugees who may not yet be eligible for provincial health plan coverage.

Jason Kenney, Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism announced cuts to the program in April, removing supplemental coverage such as dentistry, drugs, vision care and mobility assistive devices.

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