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Federal Coverage for First Year

In addition to provincial Basic Health Coverage, all Syrian refugees will receive Type 1 Supplemental Coverage and prescription drug coverage through the Interim Federal Health Program (IFHP) for up to one year. The IFHP provides limited and temporary coverage for the refugee’s first year of residency in Canada.

IFHP is the first payer for supplemental health coverage. Some care services require pre-approval protocols be followed prior to providing service. It is important that healthcare providers familiarize themselves with the requirements under this program and contact IFHP (Medavie Blue Cross) directly to ensure coverage is approved prior to providing the services and submitting a claim for payment.

Supplemental Coverage includes healthcare benefits such as:

  • Limited dental and vision care
  • Services by allied healthcare practitioners, including clinical psychologists, occupational therapists, speech language therapists and physiotherapists
  • Assistive devices, and medical supplies and equipment (e.g. prosthetic equipment, mobility aids, hearing aids)

Refer to the benefit grids listed on the provider portal, IFHP Benefit Grid, Supplemental Coverage.

Prescription Drug Coverage through IFHP includes prescription medications and other products listed on the Saskatchewan Formulary. The IFHP mirrors what is on the Saskatchewan Formulary. This means that if the province does not cover a medication, the IFHP will not cover it either. Because of this, there may be some cases where the refugee or a sponsor will have to pay for a drug. The Special Authorization Unit at IFHP will also consider exception drug coverage. The contact is 1-888-614-1880 (option 4).

Refer to the benefit grids listed on the provider portal, Drug Formulary.

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