Canada to provide more equitable healthcare for marginalized people, report says

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Toronto/CMEDIA: Recommendations have been issued by a group of Canadian doctors, nurses and other health-care providers on how to make health care more equitable for disadvantaged people.

The group reportedly said in a report published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal today that marginalized people should be prioritized for access to a primary care provider.

Comparing the right to have a primary care provider to a child’s right to go to school, Dr. Nav Persaud, the lead author of St. Michael’s Hospital says there should be an automatic procedure in getting a family doctor or nurse practitioner.

Racialized people who identify as LGBTQ2S+ or have low incomes face barriers to important screenings that can save lives and reduce illness, Persaud was reported to say.

Recommendations have been provided by the report for proactive prevention and screening measures for certain cancers, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, depression, HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis.