Veterans Affairs Canada has not yet pledge cost coverage and access to Mifegymiso for people covered by their program.
Veterans Affairs Canada (VAC) has the responsibility of administering benefits and pensions for war veterans. Its first responsibility was assisting in the reintegration of demobilized soldiers into civilian life and assisting them with health care, education, employment, loans and pensions. VAC offers a prescription drug program (POC 10), which provides medication coverage for eligible Canadian Veterans, Canadian Forces members and certain civilians who have demonstrated a medical need and have a prescription from their physician or dentist. This covers those Canadian Veterans and Canadian Forces members that currently receive a disability benefit, receive services through the Veterans Independence Program, receive financial assistance through the Long-Term care program, or receive the War Veterans Allowance.
Barriers to Access
We encourage the government to:
Access to comprehensive and timely medical care can be difficult for many veterans. The department’s own statistics suggest many veterans must wait far longer than the department’s service standards dictate. Just 52% of applications for disability benefits are processed within the departmental target of 16 weeks. Just 65% of veterans in need of long-term care received it within the target of 10 weeks. And just 53% had access to the career-transition program within the target of four weeks.
It is also important to note that women make up a significant percentage of the veteran population and the number of female veterans living homeless/in-crisis appears to be on the rise. In 2015, VETS Canada identified that 6% of the in-crisis veterans supported by the organization were female. Last year, that number jumped to 16%. Many of these female veterans that were assisted by VETS Canada were single mothers.
1. Address the lack of support, capacity and funding delaying access to appropriate and timely health care, including mental health care.
2. Assess and respond to the specific needs of women and LGBTQ veterans.
3. Ensure equitable, timely and easy access to a comprehensive package of sexual and reproductive health services and goods, including cost coverage for Mifegymiso.