Manitoba to Offer Free Health Care to International Students
(from the Winnipeg Sun)
A national student organization is cheering the Manitoba government's move to extend free health care to people from other countries who are in the province for a high school or post-secondary education. And the Canadian Federation of Students doesn’t buy any argument that the shift to put its international colleagues under Medicare is a change that the province can't afford.
Marakary Bayo, chairman of the federation's Manitoba branch, said Wednesday that free medical care is "another step toward a fairer" education for foreign students who, he claimed, put about $90 million into the local economy last year. "It's just totally fair. They contribute to the local economy — they create jobs and stuff," he told the Winnipeg Sun. "It won't cost much to the province."
The inclusion of international students — currently more than 3,200 of them in Manitoba, from countries such as China, India and South Korea - under public health insurance will take effect next April 1. The free coverage will also be given to foreign students' spouses and dependents.
Read the full story in the Winnipeg Sun.