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Health for All balks at new federal health benefits for refugees

My guest today is Ritika Goel, a family doctor and a member of Health for All, a grassroots organization in Canada fighting for health for all, irrespective of immigration status comprised of a multidisciplinary group of migrants, health-care professionals, students, activists and allies.

On Friday, the Federal Court of Appeal upheld a ruling from earlier this summer demanding that the Conservative government reverse its cuts to refugee health care. 

On October 31, Judge Wyman Webb rejected the government's request to delay reinstating the Interim Federal Health Program, leaving Ottawa until November 4 to restore access to the benefits.

Earlier today, Immigration Minister Chris Alexander said the federal government will temporarily restore health-care coverage to refugee claimants pending the outcome of an appeal at the Federal Court.

I spoke with Ritika Goel about the decision via telephone on Tuesday evening.

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