(Source: Government of Canada)
The Interim Federal Health Program (IFHP) covers certain pre-departure medical services for refugees coming to Canada for resettlement. This coverage includes the following services:
Description of in-Canada IFHP coverage
In Canada, the IFHP provides limited, temporary coverage of health-care benefits to people in the following groups who aren’t eligible for provincial or territorial (PT) health insurance:
The IFHP does not cover the cost of health-care services or products that a person may claim (even in part) under a public or private health insurance plan. The IFHP does not coordinate benefits with other insurance plans/programs so co-payments aren’t possible.
Basic coverage (similar to health-care coverage from provincial or territorial health insurance plans)
Supplemental coverage (similar to the coverage given to social assistance recipients by provincial and territorial governments)
Prescription drug coverage (similar to the coverage provinces and territories give to social assistance recipients)
Coverage for the Immigration Medical Exam (IME)
The benefits covered by the IFHP have certain limits including maximum dollar amounts. For more details, please consult the IFHP benefit grids:
Interim Federal Health Program – Refugees are eligible for the Interim Federal Health Care Program Certificate when they first arrive in Canada to cover immediate health care needs.
How to register as a provider with the Interim Federal Health Program – A simple step-by-step document to simplify the IFHP registration process. This is used as a part of our outreach to the BC Medical Office Assistant Association, since they are central to the process of refugees accessing health care through IFHP registration.