Newspaper article The Canadian Press

A Look at Canada's Health Care Program for Refugees, by the Numbers

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

A Look at Canada's Health Care Program for Refugees, by the Numbers

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Refugee health care, by the numbers

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OTTAWA - The Liberal government is restoring health care coverage for all refugees and refugee claimants beginning this April; next year, it will extend coverage to some refugees before they even arrive in Canada. The move comes after the previous Conservative government dramatically changed the program in 2012.

Here's a look at the interim federal health program by the numbers.

1957: year in which existing program was formally established, after initially being conceived as a program to address the needs of immigrants coming to Canada after the Second World War.

105,326: number of people who were eligible for benefits under the program in 2003.

128,586: number of people who were eligible for benefits under the program in 2012. …

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