Monday, June 17, 2013

Doctors, refugee advocates protest cuts to refugee health care in Canada

Refugees coming to Canada already face major challenges trying to adjust to life in a new country, and the latest cuts to refugee health care only exacerbate those challenges. The excuse of "cost-cutting" is unjustified--waiting until refugees' illnesses are hazardous to public safety and health will endanger the lives of refugees and Canadian citizens. The health costs will also increase, as treatments for illnesses in the advanced stages will certainly cost more than preventing the development of illnesses in the first place. The well-being of refugees is just as important as the well-being of Canadian citizens--by denying a basic human right such as health care to refugees, Canada's reputation as a country that treats all people equally has been thrown into question.

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