The primary objective of Canadian health policy is to protect, promote, and restore the physical and mental well-being of residents of Canada, and to facilitate reasonable access to health services without financial or other barriers;
Pursuant to the Canada Health Act, the definition of insured person does not include Canadian citizens under the age of 18;
The establishment of a 3 month residency requirement in certain cases creates a barrier for children with a serious illness, despite the fact that the affected children do not decide where their parents reside; and
A waiting period in such circumstances negates the core purpose of the Canada Health Act.
We, the undersigned, Citizens of Canada, call upon the Government of Canada to amend the Canada Health Act to exclude all vulnerable Canadian citizens under the age of 18 from any residency waiting requirements.
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