Health Care For Migrants: National Day of Action – Vancouver
Tuesday February 12 2019, 8-9 AM PST
Outside Adrian Dix's office, 5022 Joyce St
Coast Salish Territory
Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/390511105036484/
Join us for rallies across Canada on February 12th to call on the government to stop the denial of healthcare on the basis of immigration status!
The United Nations Human Rights Committee (UNHRC) recently issued a landmark decision condemning Canada for denying access to essential health care on the basis of immigration status based on the case of Nell Toussaint. In light of this UN decision, over 1500 individuals and 80 organizations signed an open letter addressed to the federal government (see media coverage).
We are appalled by the details of Nell’s case and existing policies that place the lives and health of hundreds of thousands unnecessarily at risk. Specifically, we demand that the Federal government:
In British Columbia, even newborn babies, who should be eligible for MSP under the current policies and regulations, come across barriers in attempts to enroll for health coverage and subsequently access vital health services. Two years ago the Ministry of Health committed to review the enrollment process and train staff to address this gap in care. Progress has not been made on this front and newborn babies continue to be at risk for harm while they wait for the Ministry to address this disparity.
Join us outside Adrian Dix’s office at 8 AM on Tuesday February 12th 2019 to call for Access to Healthcare for All and Access to Healthcare without Fear!