Providing healthcare to everyone in Canada, including refugees

CanadaJune 16, 2014 – Reported by GlobalNews Canada – As a second generation Canadian I’m proud to call this country my home. I think it’s a wonderful place to live and an even better place to practice medicine. Sure the system has its issues, but I take pride in knowing that I am a part of a service that never refuses care to anyone in need. The system of universal healthcare was founded on the principles of universal access for all. At least that’s what I thought until I learned about the changes to the Interim Federal Health (IFH) program. Let me say that in researching this piece I was struck by the level of complexity of the IFH program. English is my first language and I’d like to think I’m pretty intelligent. The details of the program were difficult to navigate even for me. I can’t imagine how it would be for someone with English as a second language and less knowledge of the system. Allow me to explain.

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