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Minority women least likely to gain access to a doctor, study says
Date:3/30/2010

Health and Long-Term Care.

"The findings of the POWER Study's Access to Care chapter are certainly timely given what we now know about Canada's future demography. It's clear that changes in service delivery and community collaborations are needed to make health care more accessible for Ontario's immigrant population. This baseline study will allow us to track efforts to improve access," says Pat Campbell, CEO, Echo.

Key findings of the POWER Access to Care chapter released today include:

  • More than 50 per cent of South Asian, West Asian or Arab adults were not very satisfied with their ability to get an appointment with a doctor for a regular check up.

  • Nearly 40 per cent of East and Southeast Asian and 34 per cent of Aboriginal adults reported having difficulties when accessing a specialist compared with 22 per cent of White Ontarians.

  • 15 per cent of immigrants who had been in Canada for less than five years do not have a primary care doctor, that's more than double the percentage (7.3 per cent) of Canadian-born men and women who reported not having a primary care doctor.

  • Thirty per cent of women who did not often speak English or French at home reported more difficulties accessing care from a family doctor to monitor health problems compared to less than 20 per cent of women who spoke English or French.

  • More than 30 per cent of immigrant women who had been in Canada for less than 10 years reported having difficulties getting an appointment with a family doctor for an urgent, non-emergent health problem compared to 18 per cent of those who were Canadian-born.

  • Access to dental care across the province was problematic. More than 50 per cent of South Asian and West Asian or Arab women reported not seeing a dentist in the previous 12 months compared to one-quarter of White women.


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Contact: Julie Saccone
sacconej@smh.ca
416-864-5047
St. Michael's Hospital
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