Health workers march against refugee health care cuts

Health care workers met today in Kiwanis Park to march in protest of refugee health care cuts.

Saskatoon joins 19 other cities to protest cuts

Around 80 to 90 people gathered at Kiwanis Park in Saskatoon to protest the federal government's cuts to refugee health care coverage. (CBC)

Around 80 to 90 health care workers and concerned citizens met today in Kiwanis Park and marched across the University Bridge to the Royal University Hospital to protest refugee health care cuts.

They joined health care professionals in 19 cities from over 20 health care organizations across Canada that held demonstrations today.

Mahli Brindamour is a physician working for the Immigrant and Refugee Health Committee at the University of Saskatchewan's College of Medicine.

"There are children with fever that might have malaria, a dangerous blood infection, that are refused at hospital doors because they can't pay for health care," explained Brindamour.

Brindamour organized the Saskatoon march because she believes the federal government's cuts put the lives of vulnerable refugees at risk.

"There are pregnant women that don't receive the care they need because they can't pay for it. There are cancer patients that are refused chemotherapy. They might die because of lack of treatment," said Brindamour.

The Saskatoon march was a part of the Canadian Doctors for Refugee Care’s second National Day of Action. Their aim is to put pressure on the federal government to reverse the cuts to refugee health care.

A year ago the government made changes to the Interim Federal Health Program that left refugee patients without comprehensive health care coverage.