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Roundtable: Health workers for Refugee Healthcare | June 27, 2012

When: Wednesday, June 27 2012
Time: 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Where: YWCA, 733 Beatty street, Vancouver, (right next to Stadium Skytrain Station)

(Note: there are several Y's, please make note of the address)

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As of June 30, 2012, refugees in Canada who are in need of medical assistance, including children, the elderly, and pregnant women, will no longer be able to access critical health care services. Among the services to be cut for some or all refugees are: prenatal care for... pregnant women; access to mental health care; coverage for necessary medications, including insulin. Unless their condition is deemed a threat to public health or safety, some refugee claimants will also be denied access to physicians -- even if they are suffering from illnesses like cancer or cardiovascular diseases, even if they are having heart attacks.

Health workers have warned that people will die because of these cuts. On May 11, doctors staged a protest on Parliament Hill, while another group of 90 physicians occupied Minister Joe Oliver's office in Toronto. On June 18, in a coordinated "National Day of Action," health workers in Vancouver, Calgary, Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Toronto, Hamilton, Ottawa, Montreal and St. John's will be staging events across the country. The cuts have also been condemned at the institutional level, with numerous national health organizations issuing statements:

  • the College of Family Physicians of Canada
  • Canadian Association of Optometrists
  • Canadian Association of Social Workers
  • Canadian Dental Association
  • Canadian Medical Association
  • Canadian Nurses Association
  • Canadian Association of Community Health Centres
  • Canadian Association of Midwives, and
  • Canadian Doctors for Medicare

For more information: http://www.doctorsforrefugeecare.ca/index.html

These cuts to health care for refugees come at the same time as the passing of Bill C-31, the draconian Refugee Exclusion Act that, in supposed efforts to crack down on human smuggling, mandates the immediate certain detention of refugee claimants, including minors.

Please join us on Wednesday, June 27 as health workers explain what health services are being cut, what community and health care resources exist for people who have limited access to health care, what resources need to be created, and how we can ensure adequate and accessible health for all.

Speaker list to be announced.

  • Light refreshments will be provided.
  • Child-friendly event with childcare on-site.
  • This venue is wheelchair accessible including washrooms.
  • This event is free of charge.
  • Donations are welcome to assist with cost of room rental.

For more information, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call (604)787-4109

In The News:

June 11: Refugee bill passes final hurdle in House

June 11: Denying health care to refugees: is that really the Canadian way?

May 28: Doctors protest cuts to health care for refugees (podcast)

May 23: Refugee health-care cuts threaten everyone's access

May 23: Canadian doctors, nurses join protest against refugee health cuts

May 14: Canadian doctors continue to protest refugee health care reform

May 12: 90 Canadian Physicians protest dangerous cuts to Refugee Health

 

Source: Canadian Doctors for Refugee Care

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