Resettled refugees, protected persons in Canada, and refugee claimants are eligible for the Interim Federal Health Program (IFHP). IFHP provides limited, temporary coverage of health-care benefits for resettled refugees, protected persons in Canada, and refugee claimants if they don’t have provincial, territorial, or private health-care coverage.
The Interim Federal Health Program, also known as IFHP, delivers restricted, short-term coverage of health-care support to people of special groups. The following groups include people who can’t have territorial or provincial health insurance. Those are:
- Refugee claimants.
- Protected persons and resettled refugees.
- Certain other groups.
The Canadian Refugee Healthcare does not cover the health-care products or services expenses that a person may claim (even in part) under a private or public health insurance plan. The IFHP does not combine benefits with other insurance programs or plans. That’s why co-payments aren’t possible.
If you have refugee status and government selects you for resettlement, you may be covered for some medical services before you leave for Canada. You can find out if you are eligible for pre-departure medical services and which services the program already covers.