Basic medical and hospital care is covered once the Syrian refugee receives his/her valid Saskatchewan Health Card. The billing process remains the same for basic services.
Supplemental and Prescription Coverage
Refugees requiring supplemental or prescription drug services must go through a medical service provider registered with the IFHP. The registered medical service provider is responsible for seeking reimbursement from Medavie Blue Cross and requesting pre-approval for some services.
Medavie Blue Cross administers the IFHP on behalf of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC). Physicians, pharmacists and other healthcare providers must register with Medavie Blue Cross to submit online bills for payment. Any healthcare provider may register online with Blue Cross Medavie.
Syrian refugees will receive a certificate from IFHP that they must present to Saskatchewan healthcare providers. This certificate ensures that the supplemental service or prescription drug is covered by IFHP. Billing is submitted online directly to Medavie Blue Cross. Healthcare providers should ask refugee patients for their certificate before treatment.
Blue Cross will only reimburse providers; they do not reimburse for any payment made by a patient or private sponsor, therefore it is important to ensure that direct billing occurs.
Information is available on IRCC’s website for both beneficiaries and providers.
Medavie Blue Cross maintains a list of registered providers so that private sponsors, clients and others stakeholders can readily identify providers in their community.