Changes will soon be made to Canada’s medical inadmissibility rules. Ahmed Hussen, Canada’s Minister of Immigration, announced in November 2017. The new and easier rules will let newcomers and refugees take advantage of Canada’s public health scheme. Until now, the newcomers weren’t in touch with the scheme. Hussen feels that the medical inadmissibility rules are too outdated. Last time the rules were changed was 40 years ago. To reduce the demand on Canada’s resources, refugees weren’t eligible for the public health and social service scheme. Hussen said that it is the 21st century and Canada is a country of immigrants so that changes will implement soon. The country has a savings of $135 million CAD for the next years to spend on health. Hussen revealed that is only 0.1 percent of the amount that Canada is spending on health. In 2016, the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada that is headed by the Immigration Minister reviewed the public health scheme and also consulted disability advocates, Canadian territorial and provincial governments regarding the current political and legal landscape. Abolishing the excessive demand rule According to the excessive demand rule, if there is a higher demand for a particular service, that service is only made available to the residents and not to the refugees. Hussen talked about removing the excessive demand rule altogether and make all services available for everyone. He informed that medical examination for everyone who enters Canada on a temporary basis or applies for the permanent residency card would remain existent. The goal of Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada’s review was to encourage federal and provincial governments to look after public health and social service and take care of the immigrants. Canada is focusing on immigration to increase its skilled labor. If no health service provided like many European countries, then people will not choose Canada.
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