Policy and Political Action

Policy & Political Action

Prime Minister Harper: Reverse Dangerous Cuts to Refugee Health Care

Friday, June 14, 2013

On July 1, 2012, cuts made by the federal government to the Interim Federal Health Program (IFHP) went into effect. As professional associations and clinicians working directly with these vulnerable community members predicted, the result of these cuts means many refugees, including children and pregnant women, are being denied necessary health care. Instead of receiving preventative and primary health care (as was the case prior to the cuts) uninsured patients are delaying treatment and ending up in emergency departments with more serious health issues. These funding cuts have negative health impacts on individuals and families while displacing costs from the federal government to the provincial health-care system.

What Can YOU Do?

  • Sign the action alert below addressed to Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Premier Kathleen Wynne. Copies will also be sent to Leader of the Official Opposition, Thomas Mulcair, Leader of the Liberal Party of Canada, Justin Trudeau, Leader of the Green Party, Elizabeth May, and Minister of Citizenship, Immigration, and Multiculturalism, Jason Kenney. You can edit the letter to reflect your own experiences.
  • Share this action alert with your network.
  • Join the National Day of Action on Monday, June 17, 2013 in your community. More details on events in Hamilton, Kingston, Kitchener, Ottawa, Sudbury, Toronto, Thunder Bay, and Windsor can be found here: http://www.doctorsforrefugeecare.ca/day-of-action-june-17-2013.html
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