Introduction to Refugee and Canadian Health Care

Introduction to Refugee and Canadian Health Care


hello welcome to Canada we hope that you will enjoy living here and that you will feel healthy and safe to help you with this we’ve prepared a short guide about what health care looks like in Canada everyone in Canada has access to health care regardless of income our health care system is publicly funded through taxes what is included in healthcare visits to the doctor lab tests and x-rays ordered by the doctor immunizations maternity care emergency care and medically necessary surgery what is not included dental care optometry and glasses and certain medications you may need to pay for these yourself so how do you access medical care in Canada we have family doctors and nurse practitioners who take care of the whole family when you are unwell but it is not an emergency or when you are just managing a chronic condition like diabetes or asthma you should go to your family doctor or nurse practitioner to get the best care you can find available family doctors at the BC College of Physicians and Surgeons website or by asking your friends if you cannot find a permanent family doctor you can go to a walk-in clinic where different family doctors work remember you don’t pay for seeing the doctor all you need is a BC services card that has your picture and other important information on it whether you go to your family doctor or to a walk-in clinic your doctor will treat you or send you to a specialist like a cardiologist or surgeon note because health care is publicly funded we have wait lists for accessing specialists and getting care this means that you may have to wait several weeks two months four treatments depending on the urgency of your needs if you need care urgently you will get it quickly in the event of an emergency go to the hospital or call 9-1-1 11 ambulance but how is your health different as a refugee well when you arrived in canada you received a special form called the interim federal health certificate of eligibility or I F H you use this form when you need to see a family doctor remember if you are sick and do not have a family doctor yet you can go to walk-in clinics that accept IFH if you are very sick you can go to the hospital or call 9-1-1 but what about the BC services card within three months after your arrival to Canada you will receive your BC services card remember this is what you will use all over British Columbia to access health care even if you move or change jobs so can you throw out the IFH form once you get your BC services card no please don’t throw out your IFH form when you receive your BC services card this form allows you to access certain things that you would normally have to pay for like glasses and dental care use this during your first year in Canada after one year it expires if you are a claimant however you should check your expiry date because it may be different one more thing in Canada we believe the best medicine is preventative medicine that is rather than helping you after you become sick we want to stop you from getting sick in the first place the best ways to do this are staying active eating healthy sleeping not smoking immunizations and checking her signs that show you may get sick immunizations and checking for signs of sickness are provided by your health care professional these are optional but highly recommended we hope this video has been helpful welcome to Canada we’re happy you’re here you

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