Refugees facing adverse health issues since cuts to health care

A new report by the Wellesley Institute, has found that refugees have faced adverse health effects since the federal government cut health care coverage to claimants in mid-2012.

The report, The Real Cost of Cutting the Interim Federal Health Program,

finds that refugees and claimants are foregoing medical treatment even in emergencies, lack access to basic primary care, are incurring significant medical bills that they are unable to pay, and are being denied care even when they are eligible for IFH coverage owing to administrative problems. The new IFH program is inconsistent, unfair, and contributes to poor health for refugees and claimants.

The Wellesley Institute says the federal government should reinstate the full health program and until that happens, the provinces should provide health care services to refugees.