The Royal Canadian Mounted Police has not yet announced cost coverage and access to Mifegymiso for people covered by their program if the province or territory where a member resides does not have a coverage program in place.
Since April 1, 2013, all serving RCMP members are considered to be “insured persons” under the Canada Health Act and receive their basic health care through the health care system in the province or territory they reside. The province or territory provides the same basic health services to serving RCMP members as it does to its other residents. The RCMP will cover the additional cost of providing basic health care in exceptional circumstances. These include when an on duty RCMP member incurs basic health care medical expenses outside his or her province/territory; when there are fee differences during a waiting period after transfer to another province; and other similar situations. Action Canada believes that lack of access to Mifegymiso in provinces and territories where the medication is not universally covered or on the formulary should qualify members for coverage through the RCMP Health care package.
We encourage our government to:
Barriers to access
1. Ensure equitable, timely and easy access to a comprehensive package of sexual and reproductive health services and goods, including cost coverage for Mifegymiso in the provinces and territories where no universal cost coverage program is in place.
2. Implement measures to more accurately assess the rates of reported and unreported cases of sexual harassment and assaults, review educational programs and policies addressing gender-based violence in the RCMP and spur broad-scale cultural reform in regard to the treatment of women, trans and LGBQ members.
3. Improve the integration of individuals from marginalized populations, including women, trans and LGBQ individuals, in the RCMP leadership structures.
4. Establish an independent agency to receive reports of inappropriate sexual conduct and to provide support to survivors as one part of improving processes to address sexual harassment and assault.
Several class action lawsuits and the public sharing of personal stories has demonstrated how the RCMP can be a hostile workplace for their members who are not cisgender men. This past year, as many as 1,100 women have begun the process of opening sexual harassment or discrimination claims against the RCMP. The claims stem from two class-action law suits filed against the RCMP – one from 2012 and another from 2015. The suits alleged a long history of sexual harassment, intimidation and gender-based discrimination perpetrated by male members of the RCMP against their female colleagues. As part of the settlement that was reached, the RCMP has agreed to a number of initiatives, including improved training of current members and new recruits, as well as striving to increase the number of women in its ranks.
Working towards becoming a workplace that is more welcoming of gender diversity, that is safer for all people, means addressing gender-based violence, degradation and discrimination. It means taking important health care needs seriously, including sexual and reproductive health care needs.