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Feds should review decision to cut refugee claimants' access to health care, says health coalition

The consequences of limiting access to medical care for most classes of refugees are being seen and felt in emergency rooms and community health centres across the country.

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Citizenship and Immigration Minister Jason Kenney.

In April 2012, Citizenship and Immigration Minister Jason Kenney announced sweeping changes to the Interim Federal Health Program (IFHP), a program that, since 1957, has provided refugees to Canada with insurance coverage for medical services. Subsequent to the minister’s announcement, a number of national organizations and professional associations representing Canada’s health care providers and public health community asked the minister to repeal this decision, as it would severely limit access to health care for refugees. In the summer, modifications were quietly made and health care benefits for government-sponsored refugees were restored.

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Feds should review decision to cut refugee claimants' access to health care, says health coalition

The consequences of limiting access to medical care for most classes of refugees are being seen and felt in emergency rooms and community health centres across the country.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
Citizenship and Immigration Minister Jason Kenney.

In April 2012, Citizenship and Immigration Minister Jason Kenney announced sweeping changes to the Interim Federal Health Program (IFHP), a program that, since 1957, has provided refugees to Canada with insurance coverage for medical services. Subsequent to the minister’s announcement, a number of national organizations and professional associations representing Canada’s health care providers and public health community asked the minister to repeal this decision, as it would severely limit access to health care for refugees. In the summer, modifications were quietly made and health care benefits for government-sponsored refugees were restored.

  

Parliamentary Calendar
Monday, April 21, 2014
HILL LIFE & PEOPLE SLIDESHOWS
ITK's 'A Taste of the Arctic' shindig on April 7, Ottawa, photographs by Cynthia Münster April 14, 2014

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A happy crowd at ITK's 'Taste of Arctic' at the NAC gathers for a picture. The annual event, held in Ottawa by the Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami, is meant showcase Inuit culture. Some 350 attend the party, including a number of MPs, Senators, Cabinet minister, lobbyists and journalists.
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National Inuit Leader and ITK President Terry Audla shows off his seal vest to Employment Minister Jason Kenney.
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Environics' Meredith Taylor and Greg MacEachern with ITK's Stephen Hendrie.
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Justice Minister Peter MacKay, his son Kian, and ITK president Terry Audla.
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ITK president Terry Audla and Abbas Rana, assistant deputy editor at The Hill Times and Party Central columnist.
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Labour Minister Kellie Leitch, ITK President Terry Audla, Laureen Harper, and local Ottawa photographer Michelle Valberg.
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ITK President Terry Audla and Labour Minister Kellie Leitch.
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A platter of smoked fish.
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Conservative MP Colin Carrie.
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Seal hash martinis.
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NDP MP Dennis Bevington, who represents the Western Arctic, N.W.T., and Chris Farris.
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ITK President and National Inuit Leader Terry Audla.
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Beatrice Dear entertains the crowd.

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