Canada: Minority Women Lack Doctor Access

TORONTO, March 31 (UPI) — Immigrant women — especially South Asian, West Asian or Arab women — say they have trouble accessing healthcare in Canada, researchers found.

Researchers at St. Michael’s Hospital and the Institute for Clinical and Evaluative Sciences found more than 50 percent of South Asian, West Asian or Arab adults say they were not very satisfied with their ability to get an appointment with a doctor for a regular checkup.

Nearly 40 percent of East and Southeast Asian and 34 percent of Aboriginal adults reported having difficulties when accessing a specialist compared with 22 percent of white Ontario residents.

The study also found that 15 percent of Canadian immigrants for less than five years do not have a primary care doctor, compared to 7.3 percent of Canadian-born men and women who say they don’t have primary care doctor.

“Ensuring all Ontarians have equal access to care is important if we want to improve the health and well-being of men and women across the province,” principal investigator Arlene Bierman, a physician at St. Michael’s Hospital, said in a statement.

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