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Charlotte Morton married a Newfoundland man, rents a house in Airport Heights and works in St. John’s. Although she was raised on another coast, she sees Newfoundland as her home and does not have any plan to move out of the province. However, the Medical Care Plan policy won’t accept her as a resident. She said the situation has left her struggling to get access to basic care.
Morton exclaimed that she works in the province, pay taxes and her children also go to school in the province. She said she has been entrenched into the local community and has social networks in the community but she is not considered a resident simply because she was living in British Columbia.
The Canadian Health Act stipulates that home provinces must provide coverage to Canadian residents who settle in some other part of Canada for three months. The Act further states that it is then up to the new province, in this case, Newfoundland and Labrador, to take over and provide coverage to the resident.
However, Morton was told that she is not eligible for MCP as long as she attends school but she made it clear that she does not have any intention of returning to B.C after her studies. She explained that she had applied for coverage four times since 2012 and has been turned down each time. This left her to cater for her medical bills on her own until B.C. reimburses her.
Morton has several medical expenses including surgical gallstone removal, she exclaimed that she could not afford them and she was stuck waiting for B.C. to approve them. However, B.C. has not yet approved the procedure in Newfoundland, as a result, Morton had to spend time and money to travel across the country.
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