Full health-care for coverage Refugees

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Full health-care for coverage Refugees as of April 1, 2016, the Interim Federal Health Program will provide health-care coverage for all eligible beneficiaries – including basic, supplemental, and prescription drug coverage. Similar to provincial/territorial health-care insurance, the coverage will include hospital and physician services. Coverage for supplemental health-care services, such as vision and urgent dental care, and for prescription drugs, will be similar to what the provinces and territories provide to Canadians who receive social assistance.

The Interim Federal Health Program will expand to cover certain services for refugees who have been identified for resettlement before they come to Canada as of April 1, 2017.  These services will include: coverage of the immigration medical examination, pre-departure vaccinations, services to manage disease outbreaks in refugee camps, and medical supports during travel to Canada.
Restoring the Interim Federal Health Program will also provide financial relief to Canadians who privately sponsor refugees, reduce the administrative burden faced by health-care professionals serving refugees, and ease health-care funding pressure on provincial and territorial governments.

The new coverage, will be the same for all individuals eligible for Interim Federal Health Program, replacing the six types of coverage that have been in place since November 2014.
“Canadians from many walks of life, from premiers to front-line health-care professionals to Canadians who privately sponsor refugees, spoke with one voice in rejecting the changes made to the Interim Federal Health Program in 2012. We have listened, and coverage will be restored.”

Hon. John McCallum, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship

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