“A Legacy of Confusion”: An Exploratory Study of Service Provision under the Reinstated Interim Federal Health Program

Authors

  • Y.Y. Brandon Chen University of Ottawa
  • Vanessa Gruben University of Ottawa
  • Jamie Chai Yun Liew University of Ottawa

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.7202/1055580ar

Keywords:

Canada, Interim Federal Health Program, program reinstatement, refugees, refugee policy, health care, service provision, service gaps

Abstract

Afer years of cuts, Canada’s refugee health-care program, the Interim Federal Health Program (IFHP), was fully restored in 2016. In this exploratory study, eleven semi-structured qualitative interviews were conducted with refugee service providers in the City of Ottawa to learn about their experience with the restored IFHP to date. Five themes emerged from the interviews: service provision challenges during the years of IFHP cuts; support for IFHP restoration; entitlement gaps in the current IFHP; ongoing confusion about the IFHP; and administrative barriers deterring health professionals from IFHP participation. More research is needed to determine whether the identifed challenges with the reinstated IFHP arise on a national scale. 

Author Biographies

Y.Y. Brandon Chen, University of Ottawa

Yin-Yuan Brandon Chen is an Assistant Professor at the University of Ottawa Faculty of Law. The author may be contacted at yy.chen@uottawa.ca.

Vanessa Gruben, University of Ottawa

Vanessa Gruben is an Associate Professor at the University of Ottawa Faculty of Law. The author may be contacted at vanessa.gruben@uottawa.ca.

Jamie Chai Yun Liew, University of Ottawa

Jamie Chai Yun Liew is an Associate Professor at the University of Ottawa Faculty of Law. The author may be contacted at jamie.liew@uottawa.ca.

Published

2018-12-10

How to Cite

Chen, Y. B., Gruben, V., & Liew, J. C. Y. (2018). “A Legacy of Confusion”: An Exploratory Study of Service Provision under the Reinstated Interim Federal Health Program. Refuge: Canada’s Journal on Refugees, 34(2), 94–102. https://doi.org/10.7202/1055580ar