January 28, 2011
Interim Federal Health Program Coverage in Quebec
Citizenship, Immigration, and Multiculturalism Minister Jason Kenney is encouraging pharmacists in Quebec to continue serving medication to refugee claimants, victims of human trafficking, those in Canada under the Haitian special measures, and others who are eligible for the Interim Federal Health Program (IFHP).
In the past, pharmacies in Quebec have had issues with reimbursements under the IFHP. Some reimbursements took several months to process while other claims were not eligible at all under the IFHP. The IFHP provides coverage for various groups of immigrants who are not covered by provincial/territorial or privately-funded health insurance plans. It also covers immigrants who may not have the means to pay for their medication.
Minister Jason Kenney is stressing the importance of providing medication, such as insulin, chemotherapy drugs, and treatment for sexually transmitted diseases or tuberculosis, to these claimants. He commits to provide timely reimbursements for pharmacies while working closely with Medavie Blue Cross to ensure this happens. He encourages small pharmacies in Quebec to continue submitting claims to Medavie Blue Cross.