Health Provider Action & Media Coverage of IFHP Reform

Submitted by Danyaal Raza on May 20, 2012 - 02:53

The proposed Interim Federal Health Program cuts (discussed further here) have not only motivated individual physicians to action, but also mobilized groups of health providers nation wide. On May 11, physicians across Canada held protests, an occupation and issued press releases in an effort to catch the Minister responsible, Jason Kenney’s ear.  More recently, the Canadian Medical Association, College of Family Physicians of Canada, Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons, Canadian Nurses Association, Canadian Pharmacists Association, Canadian Association of Optometrists, Canadian Association of Social Workers and Canadian Dental Association sent a joint letter to the Minister requesting that the planned IFHP cuts be rescinded. A full list of media coverage is below.

Medical groups slam plan to cut refugee health coverage – Ottawa Citizen (May 18, 2012)

Refugee health reform assailed – CMAJ (May 18, 2012)

Refugee health cuts are bad for all of us – Hamilton Spectator (May 17, 2012)

They aren’t all ‘bogus’ refugees, as portrayed by Kenney – Winnipeg Free Press (May 17, 2012)

Why cutting health care for asylum-seekers makes no sense – Globe and Mail (May 15, 2012)

Canadian doctors occupy government offices over healthcare cuts - Guardian (May 12, 2012)

Doctors fight for refugee health care – Hamilton Spectator (May 12, 2012)

Physicians occupied MP’s office over cuts to refugee health care – Toronto Star (May 11, 2012)

Doctors stage sit-in over refugee health care costs – CBC News (May 11, 2012)

Doctors demand changes to proposed refugee health policy – CBC News (May 11, 2012)

Doctors protest refugee health cuts – CBC News (May 11, 2012)

An attack on vulnerable refugees - Ottawa Citizen (May 9, 2012)

Cuts to refugee health insurance dangerous, inhumane, doctors say – National Post (May 7, 2012)

Doctor worries federal cuts could harm refugee health – CBC News (May 3, 2012) 

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There's also a petition that people who care about health in Canada should sign. And check out this ongoing discussion by healthcare providers.

A few more media links. I don't think there are duplicates, but apologies if so:

tarek : )