February 3, 2017
Statement regarding international patients and U.S. travel restrictions
We have recently become aware of families who have been impacted by decisions taken in the US. We empathize with the families who find themselves in this difficult situation. We have an active international patient program at SickKids that considers humanitarian cases on a case-by-case basis. We are willing to work with the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, and all partners to see what we can practically do to help these families.
The assessment of any clinical case that SickKids undertakes is thoughtful and comprehensive. This process involves a multi-disciplinary team who reviews the clinical needs of the child, health status of the child, and our capacity to provide care and support for the child and family, without impacting the care of patients in Ontario.
We are not in a position to make any commitments at this time, as the process to assess each case is detailed and comprehensive. Due to patient privacy and confidentiality we are not able to discuss details any further.