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The Real Cost of Cutting the Interim Federal Health Program
October 2013 – Steve Barnes, Wellesley Institute
Report analyzing the impacts of the refugee health cuts and actions needed at various levels of government.
“The evidence is clear: cuts to the IFH program are contributing to poor health for refugees and refugee claimants. We recommend that, until the federal government reverses these cuts, governments extend provincial/territorial health coverage (such as OHIP) to refugees who are not eligible for IFH coverage. Provinces and territories should also track the health outcomes of refugees and continue to advocate for the federal government to reverse its cuts.”

Toronto Board of Health Staff Report on Medically Uninsured Residents in Toronto
April 15, 2013 – Medical Officer of Health (MOH)

The report submitted by Toronto’s MOH to the Board of Health on the health of medically uninsured residents of Toronto.
“This report describes groups that do not have access to OHIP funded healthcare and identifies their priority health needs, including obstetrical, newborn care and mental health. Children have unique and essential health needs that impact on their health in the short and long-term. Healthcare practitioners and agencies have developed a limited system to serve the uninsured population. At present, the demand for this care exceeds the capacity of the services available and few healthcare agencies receive dedicated funding to treat uninsured residents. The current healthcare system does not provide adequate access to essential healthcare services for uninsured residents.”

Access to Healthcare in Europe in Times of Crisis and Rising Xenophobia:
An overview of the situation of people excluded from the healthcare systems.
A report by Medecins du Monde.
Click here to download report.

Citizenship and Immigration Canada
2012 Immigration Statistics

Ontario Flowchart Explaining IFH (refugee health) after the cuts:

IFH Feb 2013 Flowchart-ON
Download this chart: 
IFH Feb 2013 Flowchart-ON