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.