Refugees and permanent residents can have that period covered by the Interim Federal Health Program, but there’s no indication yet that similar health coverage will be extended to Ukrainians.
“Those are very basic health services,” Clark-Kazak said, adding that coverage for prescription medication is not usually included. “This is another gap or question that I think the government needs to address sooner rather than later.”
Advocates say it’s also not yet clear if arriving Ukrainians will have access to mental health services.
“We don’t know exactly what needs people are going to arrive with, but we do have to be ready,” said Frank Cohn, who works in trauma recovery with the Vancouver Association for Survivors of Torture.
“We don’t know exactly who’s going to be here providing that support and under what specific federal or provincial or local programs.”