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Table 1 Summary of Health care coverage for refugees

From: Caring for pregnant refugee women in a turbulent policy landscape: perspectives of health care professionals in Calgary, Alberta

Refugee Classification Description IFHP Coverage Pre-2012 IFHP Coverage 2012–2016
Government Assisted Refugees Sponsored by the Government of Canada (up to one year) Basic, supplemental and prescription drug services split between the IFHP and provincial health care coverage Same as pre-2012 coverage
Privately Sponsored Refugees Sponsored by private citizens/ groups (up to three years) IFHP covered basic services; lost supplemental and prescription drug coverage
Claimant Refugees “Safe” Countries Seeking protection from a Canadian Immigration Officer from a country designated as “safe”, such as Croatia, Mexico and Chile Basic, supplemental and prescription drug services covered solely by the IFHP, until claimant receives permanent residency and qualifies for provincial health care coverage Lost all coverage, unless health condition was considered a public health threat
Claimant Refugees “Non-Safe” Countries Seeking protection from a Canadian Immigration Officer from a country designated as “not safe”, such as Somalia, Iraq and Lebanon IFHP covered basic services; lost supplemental and prescription drug coverage
Rejected Claimants Refused refugee status in Canada and must take alternative actions to stay in Canada Not covered for any health services Not covered for any health services