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Refugee Health Matters: Why Canadian Docs Are Swapping Stethoscopes For Megaphones

In June 2012, the Canadian Federal Government cut coverage to basic health services for many refugees via the Interim Federal Health Program (IFH). This includes removing coverage that existed for decades for sick children, pregnant women, and cancer patients. Since then, hundreds of Doctors, Nurses, and other health care professionals at all levels of training have spoken out against the cuts. On June 16, 2014, health care workers of all backgrounds and walks of life will be uniting for the National Day of Action. Here's why they're speaking out for refugees and why they're so darn good at raising awareness!

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Doctors, Nurses and other Health Care Professionals (HCPs) see advocacy and activism as a part of their job

Via royalcollege.ca

For example, doctors look to the CanMEDS framework that says all physicians need to be health advocates--which means that they're "using their expertise and influence to advance the health and well-being of individual patients, communities, and populations"

By speaking out against the federal cuts, docs and HCPs are responding to the health needs of the people they serve,

They know what they're fighting for based on their experiences

Women's College Hospital / Via cireport.ca

Doctors, nurses and allied healthcare professionals who witness the impacts of IFH cuts on their patients are moved to speak out against unjust policies

Docs and HCPs are making their opposition an evidence-based decision

In light of Interim Federal Health Program (IFHP) cuts, docs have been documenting cases of patients who have been denied care and their poor outcomes.

Most recently, a study out of Sick Kids presented compelling evidence that denying care leads to more costly hospitalizations

This year, docs and health care professionals are ready to publicly oppose federal cuts because there's good reason to!

HCPs of all backgrounds are joining forces to raise awareness

AOHC; Richard Lautens / Via websites ontariochc.org and rabble.ca

By engaging not only physicians but all professionals serving refugees, these advocates have a larger and stronger voice against the IFH cuts

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