Interim Federal Health Program for Refugees: Looking Back and Moving Forward

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Hamid Yusuf Abdihalim



Refugee health continues to be an important topic in domestic and foreign affairs. In Canada, the interim federal health program (IFHP) is what provides refugees with healthcare insurance. Since 2012, there have been a series of changes to the IFHP. Due to the precari­ous status of the IFHP over the past few years, there have been a number of challenges associated with it. This commentary provides a review of the IFHP’s history, outlines specific challenges that remain within the program, and puts forward potential solutions to those challenges.



La santé des réfugiés continue d’être un sujet important dans les affaires domestiques et étrangères. Au Canada, le programme fédéral de santé intérimaire (PFSI) est responsable de fournir l’assurance maladie aux réfugiés. Depuis 2012, il y a eu une série de change­ments au PFSI. Étant donné l’état précaire du PFSI au cours des dernières années, il existe un certain nombre de défis qui y sont as­sociés. Ce commentaire fournit un aperçu de l’histoire du PFSI, souligne les défis précis qui persistent dans le programme, et propose des solutions potentielles à ces défis.

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