The Harper government will comply with a court ruling to reinstate a health care package for refugee claimants.
Citizenship and Immigration Minister Chris Alexander made the announcement in a statement released on Tuesday afternoon, ahead of a midnight deadline set by a federal court judge last July.
“Under the temporary measures, most [asylum seekers] are eligible to receive coverage for hospital, medical and laboratory services, including pre- and post-natal care as well as laboratory and diagnostic services,” the statement reads.
“This coverage is similar to what Canadians get under provincial and territorial health-care plans.”
The deadline emanated from the government’s decision in 2012 to restrict health benefits of most refugees and eliminate health services for rejected claimants and asylum seekers from countries designated as “safe” – countries that generally do not produce refugees, which respect human rights and offer state protections.
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