Along with restoring the IFHP
's scope of coverage to the pre-2012 level, the policy change in 2016 removed the need for refugee claimants to renew their IFHP
certificates annually, ensuring the validity of such certificates throughout the asylum application process.
(27) In light of the IFHP
and its divide from OHIP, the medical-legal landscape in Canada poses immediate barriers to the care of refugee patients via technology, e.g., Telehealth and OTN.
Six main themes emerged from the data: isolation; difficulties reaching mothers postpartum; language barriers; low health literacy; lacking psychosocial assessments, support and referrals; and IFHP
being limited and confusing.
A trip down nostalgia lane there, you might say--but, after all, the IFHP
was founded by Ebenezer Howard in 1913 as the International Garden Cities and Town Planning Association, and at the conference the TCPA will unveil a magnificent new facsimile edition of the first edition of To-Morrow, published to celebrate Letchworth's centenary.
In Canada, the question of to what extent refugees and refugee claimants should have access to health care was contested in a heated and public manner, in the wake of cuts to the Interim Federal Health Program (IFHP
(59) Resettled refugees in this category still receive full IFHP
The order also established ambiguous criteria for what constitutes "basic coverage"; (45) that is, products and services "of an urgent or essential nature." For all others, including rejected refugee claimants as well as DCO and DFN claimants, coverage for physician and hospital services is limited to services and products "needed to diagnose, prevent or treat diseases that pose a risk to public health, or conditions of a public safety concern," therefore categorically excluding them from previous IFHP
And then when we get a female client who is not comfortable with a male doctor, we have to look for a female GP [general practitioner] who accepts IFHP
, and they are few and far between.
Team members highlighted the need to improve the ways in which refugee claimant PHAs received health care coverage through the IFHP
. Enrolling in and renewing coverage in the IFHP
requires considerable systems literacy; participants stressed the challenges their clients have in maintaining coverage and navigating IFHP
Refugee claimants are not covered under regular provincial health programs, but rather under a separate federal plan known as the Interim Federal Health Program (IFHP
Since 1957 Canada's Interim Federal Health Program (IFHP
) has provided health-care coverage to refugee populations.
Peer Educators as Agents of Change: Experience of the Integrated Family Health Program (IFHP