The Interim Federal Health Program–Refugees

The Interim Federal Health Program (IFHP) provides limited, temporary coverage of health-care benefits to people in the following groups who aren’t eligible for provincial or territorial health insurance:
• Protected persons in Canada
• Resettled refugees
• Refugee claimants
• Individuals detained under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (IRPA) while in detention
• Victims of human trafficking.

The IFHP coverage includes, the ‘basic coverage’ similar to health-care coverage from provincial or territorial health insurance plans
• in-patient and out-patient hospital services
• services from medical doctors, registered nurses and other health-care professionals licensed in Canada, including pre and post-natal care
• laboratory, diagnostic and ambulance services

Supplemental coverage

• limited vision and urgent dental care
• home care and long-term care
• services from allied health-care practitioners including clinical psychologists, psychotherapists, counselling therapists, occupational therapists, speech language therapists, physiotherapists
• assistive devices, medical supplies and equipment, including:
• orthopedic and prosthetic equipment
• mobility aids
• hearing aids
• diabetic supplies
• incontinence supplies
• oxygen equipment

Prescription drug coverage

Prescription medications and other products listed on provincial/territorial public drug plan formularies.

The benefits covered by the IFHP have certain limits including maximum dollar amounts. You need to consult a lawyer or your community settlement agency for further advice in obtaining these services.

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