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Health4All asks Ontario to follow other provinces to protect refugee healthcare

Published on January 3, 2013 under Health for All in the News
Health4All asks Ontario to follow other provinces to protect refugee healthcare

On OPSEU’s Diablogue discussing Health for All’s campaign.

Even right-wing Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall thinks it’s wrong.

Recent cuts to the Interim Federal Health program for refugees have led to a storm of criticism by the medical community and provincial politicians across Canada.

While Immigration Minister Jason Kenney defends the cuts, stating excluded refugees will still receive essential care, a man was denied chemotherapy in Saskatchewan under the new rules and doctors are alleging more individuals in need are being turned away.

The Saskatchewan government stepped in and paid for the chemotherapy the Federal government denied. Wall told the National Post “it’s unbelievable that some of the decisions that have been taken federally are having this impact on people who are clearly the most vulnerable, refugees who are obviously fleeing something quite terrible – that’s why they are refugees.”

Read the full blog post here.

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