Midwives Support the Reinstatement of Refugee Health Care
Midwives applaud the federal Liberal government for announcing that they will be fully reinstating health-care coverage for refugees as of April 1, 2016.
In 2012, the previous federal government cut back benefits available to refugees under the Interim Federal Health Program (IFHP). On July 4, 2014, the federal court struck down the government’s IFHP cuts as “cruel and unusual treatment” in violation of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.
The cuts to refugee health care had a grave impact on the health of vulnerable people, and midwives were particularly concerned about how pregnant women were affected. Midwives joined together with other health-care providers to demonstrate their commitment to refugee health coverage. Click here to view our gallery of images from the Toronto rally.
Midwives across Ontario are now mobilizing to welcome and provide care to incoming Syrian refugees. Midwives are working with Community Health Centres, local initiatives, and the Ministry of Health’s Refugee HealthLine to meet the needs of this community. Both refugees and primary health providers are encouraged to call the Refuee HealthLine at 1-866-286-4770 to find out how to access or provide services.