Health care – Refugees

The Interim Federal Health Program (IFHP) provides limited, temporary coverage of health-care benefits to people in the following groups who aren’t eligible for provincial or territorial health insurance

  • protected persons, including resettled refugees;
  • refugee claimants; and
  • certain other groups.

The IFHP does not cover the cost of health-care services or products that a person may claim (even in part) under a public or private health insurance plan. The IFHP does not coordinate benefits with other insurance plans/programs so co-payments aren’t possible.

If you are a refugee selected for resettlement, you may also be covered for certain medical services before you leave for Canada. Find out:

For individuals

Find out who is eligible, how to apply and what coverage is available.

For health care professionals in Canada

Learn how to verify patients’ eligibility and submit claims.

For health care professionals outside Canada

Information for health care professionals registered with the IFHP’s pre-departure medical services program.

For more information


Newcomer services in your area

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Questions about the Interim Federal Health Program

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