Major steps have been taken by the federal government of Canada wherein reimbursements that are made to the military members has been cut. The government initially provided funds for the provision of healthcare services to help take care of the members in the military, however, this spring witnessed a change in the same. As a result of this, it has also led to a fear of being denied healthcare services to some members as a whole.
According to the Canada Health Act and other provincial health acts, the members who are a part of the military are not considered eligible under the public health coverage that come with the provincial plans. The Department of National Defense had, earlier this year, ordered to make a cut in the military healthcare spending. This meant cutting the reimbursement of the fees for military patients as the first step to control the expenditure.
Many aspects of this are dependent on the structure of the policy framework that will be introduced once it is ready. “It all kind of depends on the way things get structured out,” said David Perry, vice president of the Canadian Global Affairs Institute and a defense expert, “Because we tend to locate military members in areas that are more rural, more remote, harder to get specialized talent, the end result in this could be that you do have some increases in the demand for service, folks that are outside of the major metropolitan areas having to move, to travel to seek specialized care.”