Each year over 80,000 new permanent residents (PRs) arrive in Ontario, Canada and are required to wait for three months before they are eligible to receive publicly funded health care through the Ontario Health Insurance Program (OHIP). While a number of researchers have investigated the health care experiences of new PRs during this wait period, a comprehensive scoping review of peer-reviewed literature has not been conducted.
This review addresses the gap in the literature by providing an overview of existing evidence on the health status and health care experiences of being in the three-month wait. It also identifies opportunities for research and policy regarding the three-month wait.
This is part one of a three part series about the relationship between the three-month wait period and the health of new PRs, which includes 1) a synthesis of peer-reviewed literature, 2) a synthesis of grey literature, and 3) a theoretical framework.