The federal Liberals say they are poised to restore refugee health benefits slashed by the previous Conservative government.
Health Minister Jane Philpott said Friday the needs of Syrian newcomers would be covered as they arrive and word will come soon about reversing the overall cuts to refugee health care.
A few “logistical details” are being sorted out to make sure that “we can make a full announcement in the very near future,” Philpott said.
Prior to 2012, anyone awaiting a refugee status decision had their health costs — including dental, eye care and medications — paid for by the federal government until their application was decided and provincial health coverage kicked in.
But in June that year, the Conservative government drastically scaled back the available coverage.
At the time, the government said costs from the program were spiralling out of control because people were coming to Canada to make false refugee claims specifically to get free care.
The Conservatives launched a challenge to a Federal Court ruling that found the changes they had made to the health-care system for refugee claimants were unconstitutional.
They also reinstated some of the benefits, though not all, to comply with the court ruling. Philpott suggested the government would drop the legal appeal in keeping with the Liberal position.
I will agree to this if only Trudeau and his supporters pay the lot.
Remember- his net worth is 1.2 million dollars.