Are you new to Canada and in need of healthcare coverage? You may be eligible for the Interim Federal Health Plan (IFHP).
iamsick.ca wants to break the structural and cultural barriers in healthcare that newcomers face in the first three months of living in Canada.
Learn more below to understand how the IFHP and iamsick.ca can help you.
What is the IFHP?
The Interim Federal Health Program (IFHP) provides basic, short-term healthcare coverage and benefits to refugees and other specific groups who are ineligible for provincial and territorial health insurance plans, and who cannot make a claim with private health insurance. Eligible individuals are entitled to full coverage, which includes Basic, Supplemental and Prescription Drug Coverage. Most individuals are also eligible for the coverage of one Immigration Medical Exam.
The IFHP is provided by registered healthcare service providers (doctors, pharmacists, specialists, allied healthcare professionals, etc), where they are reimbursed for covered services. However, the IFHP cannot be used with benefits from other insurance plans or programs.
IFHP Administor: Medavie Blue Cross
Medavie Blue Cross is a non-profit organization that is an industry leader in healthcare insurance and benefits for individuals and groups. It administers the IFHP benefits and services, and has a national database of IFHP providers.
iamsick.ca and the IFHP
Newcomers who do not have provincial or territorial health insurance plans can go to registered healthcare providers for coverage, under the IFHP. You can easily use the iamsick.ca website to see which nearby healthcare providers who accept IFHP. When searching for healthcare services, click on “Advanced Options” followed by “Only show providers with IFHP insurance options”. In addition to seeing which healthcare providers accept IFHP, you can also find which healthcare providers speak a specific language (over 80 languages). This new feature will help newcomers receive continuous primary care.
In the past, iamsick.ca has partnered with settlement agencies to help Syrian refugees find accessible healthcare. Today, iamsick.ca continues to further these partnerships with immigration and refugee services. The goal is to help more newcomers of all backgrounds access healthcare by finding community health centres that speak their language of choice. This empowers newcomers to seek out long-term, rather than episodic, healthcare.
To learn more about IFHP. Here is a FAQ for both Patients and Healthcare providers from the Government of Canada: