Illegal Refugee Health Care Benefits Go Under The Knife
http://www.torontosun.com/2012/04/24/re ... -the-knifeOTTAWA - Refugee claimants' access to what critics call gold-plated health care coverage will disappear by summer.
QMI Agency has learned Immigration Minister Jason Kenney will announce Wednesday that by late June, claimants will get federal coverage for emergency care and conditions that are a risk to public health.
Kenney's tough medicine for refugee claimants means they will no longer have eye, dental, or prescription drug expenses covered by taxpayers - benefits most Canadian citizens and permanent residents don't receive.
The changes follow a review Kenney launched in September, 2010 when QMI Agency questioned him about the level of benefits offered.
"This program, in my view, should be no more generous than is typically the case within provincial health care programs," said Kenney at the time.
But the new system seems to go even further than Kenney imagined in 2010, reducing benefits to the bare minimum until a refugee claimant has been accepted as genuinely needing Canada's protection.
Genuine refugees are accepted as permanent residents of Canada, who would then qualify for provincial health coverage.
Federal officials estimate Kenney's new prescription for refugee claimants' health benefits will save taxpayers about $100 million over five years.
The changes are expected to go into effect at about the same time as the Conservatives' major refugee reform bill is passed into law in late June.
One of the provisions of Bill C-31 - Protecting Canada’s Immigration System Act - is aimed at cutting the time to process refugee claims to within about seven months for regular claimants, or six weeks for those who come from a designated "safe" country.
Right now, refugee claimants wait almost three years -- collecting social assistance in many cases -- before their cases are processed.
On Tuesday, the NDP's Craig Scott called on MPs give the bill a rough ride in committee "and not back the government in what is ultimately repressive legislation.
This is very good news for the taxpayer, these people should not be getting healthcare especially when many Canadians cant get it yet pay taxes. Hopefully this will help to stop more refugees from coming in
Do you think that is a good idea or should the government go further?
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