'A Legacy of Confusion': An Exploratory Study of Service Provision Under the Reinstated Interim Federal Health Program

9 Pages Posted: 19 May 2019

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Y.Y. Brandon Chen

University of Ottawa, Faculty of Law, Common Law Section

Vanessa Gruben

University of Ottawa - Common Law Section

Jamie Liew

University of Ottawa - Common Law Section

Date Written: December 11, 2018

Abstract

After years of cuts, Canada’s refugee health-care program, the Interim Federal Health Program (IFHP), was fully restored in 2016. In this exploratory study, eleven semi-structured qualitative interviews were conducted with refugee service providers in the City of Ottawa to learn about their experience with the restored IFHP to date. Five themes emerged from the interviews: service provision challenges during the years of IFHP cuts; support for IFHP restoration; entitlement gaps in the current IFHP; ongoing confusion about the IFHP; and administrative barriers deterring health professionals from IFHP participation. More research is needed to determine whether the identified challenges with the reinstated IFHP arise on a national scale.

Keywords: Canada, Refugees, Health Care, Interim Federal Health Program

Suggested Citation

Chen, Yin-Yuan and Gruben, Vanessa and Liew, Jamie, 'A Legacy of Confusion': An Exploratory Study of Service Provision Under the Reinstated Interim Federal Health Program (December 11, 2018). (2018) 34:2 Refuge 94; Ottawa Faculty of Law Working Paper No. 2019-12. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3320929

Yin-Yuan Chen (Contact Author)

University of Ottawa, Faculty of Law, Common Law Section ( email )

57 Louis Pasteur Pvt.
Ottawa, K1N 6N5
Canada

Vanessa Gruben

University of Ottawa - Common Law Section ( email )

57 Louis Pasteur Street
Ottawa, K1N 6N5
Canada

Jamie Liew

University of Ottawa - Common Law Section ( email )

57 Louis Pasteur Street
Ottawa, K1N 6N5
Canada

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