A volunteer clinic in Ontario has treated more than 35,000 people from 122 different countries since it opened in 1999.
« We want to ensure that everyone new to Canada gets the health care they need when they need it, unstintingly and without judgment of their circumstances, » said Paul Caulford, co-founder and medical director of the Canadian Volunteer Clinic.
The health program is a twice-a-week walk-in clinic for the uninsured. It’s part of The Canadian Centre for Refugee and Immigrant Health Care in Ontario.
« When they need mental health services, when they are victims of torture, when there’s PTSD, they are either turned away or they’re charged because they don’t participate in the federal health program, » Caulford said.