The Conservatives are spending $194 million to appeal a court ruling overturning their refugee healthcare cuts.
In 2012, the Federal Conservatives announced drastic changes to the Interim Federal Health Program that left many government sponsored refuges without access to medication, or vision and dental care. These changes meant that many refugees who had fled war, violence, or famine and risked incredible hardship to come country are now being denied healthcare.
Last year, the Supreme Court ruled that these cuts were “cruel and unusual” and, therefore, unconstitutional. The government was forced to reinstate some funding, but not all.
Everyone deserves high quality health care when in need.
The cuts to the Interim Federal Health Program (IFHP) have left many refugees without care and increased costs to the health care system.
5 Toronto hospitals have spent more than a million dollars in unexpected costs due to providing necessary health care to refugees that the federal conservatives have refused to cover. The Sick Kids Hospital in Toronto, the equivalent of the IWK, also found that the admission of refugee children doubled after the government cut health care for refugees. This means that parents who couldn’t access health care waiting to seek medical help until it became medically necessary. The children were sicker, facing greater risks and complications forcing them into the emergency room – the most expensive point of care.
With an aging rural population and high rates of chronic disease, Nova Scotia will lose over $902 million. This huge loss of funding will have severe impacts on the ability of the province to meet the needs of patients.
After the Supreme Court overturned the changes in 2012, the Conservatives were forced to reinstate health care, but not at its initial levels.
Now, the Conservatives have also filed a $1.4 million lawsuit to appeal the Supreme Court ruling.