Restored Interim Federal Health Program a huge victory for public health - A Statement from Dr. Cindy Forbes, President of the Canadian Medical Association

OTTAWA, Feb. 18, 2016 The CMA is celebrating today's announcement that all refugees and asylum claimants will once again benefit from health-care coverage when the Interim Federal Health Program (IFHP) is restored, beginning on April 1, 2016.

The CMA is one of several medical groups that have called for the reversal of cuts since changes to the IFHP were first announced in April 2012.

All refugees, regardless of sponsorship category, should receive appropriate and comprehensive health care coverage. The changes announced today will ensure that these individuals are treated with the compassion and equity we are known for as Canadians.
--Dr. Cindy Forbes, President of the Canadian Medical Association

The Canadian Medical Association (CMA) is the national voice of Canadian physicians. Founded in 1867, the CMA is a voluntary professional organization representing more than 83,000 of Canada's physicians and comprising 12 provincial and territorial medical associations and 60 national medical organizations. CMA's mission is helping physicians care for patients. The CMA will be the leader in engaging and serving physicians and be the national voice for the highest standards for health and health care.


SOURCE Canadian Medical Association

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