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Interim Federal Health Program (IFHP)

Who is Eligible

The Interim Federal Health Program (IFHP) provides temporary coverage of healthcare benefits including prescription drug coverage to refugees, refugee claimants and certain other groups who are not eligible for provincial or territorial health insurance (e.g., OHIP).

For more information: Determine your eligibility – Interim Federal Health Program

How to apply

In most cases, coverage under the IFHP is automatically activated or cancelled based on the patient’s refugee status. For more information see, Apply for coverage –Interim Federal Health Program.

Which Drugs are Covered

The IFHP provides coverage for prescription medications for medications listed on provincial/territorial public drug plans. This means for Ontario patients with glomerulonephritis, the IFHP will cover GN medications listed on the Ontario Drug Benefit formulary.

Note: If the patient has another public or private insurance plan that will cover the cost of the medication (even in part), the IFHP will not cover the cost of the claim.

  • The IFHP provides coverage for prescription medications for medications listed on provincial/territorial public drug plans. In Ontario, the IFHP pays for medications listed on Ontario Drug Benefit formulary.
  • Health care providers who would like to work with patients covered by IFHP (e.g., pharmacists checking drug coverage eligibility) must register to be an IFHP provider (See IFHP information for professionals).
  • If you need the product name and drug identification number, see our Open list of Drug Identification Numbers for GN medications.

For more information, see:

IFHP information for health care professionals

IFHP prescription drug coverage

Disclaimer: The information contained herein (“Information”) is intended for informational purposes only, and no warranty as to its accuracy is provided or implied. The Information was collected from third party sources and is subject to change without notice. Ontario Health (Ontario Renal Network) makes no warranty that the Information is current. The Information is intended for use by healthcare professionals to advise patients of drug funding options that may be available to them. Do not act or rely upon the Information without exercising your independent judgment or seeking the advice of a qualified professional. Anyone using the Information does so at his or her own risk. The drug funding options described on this website are managed and funded by third parties, not by Ontario Health (Ontario Renal Network). Please direct any inquiries to the applicable agency/entity who manages the drug funding option.