The Inequity Of Accessing Health Services For Indigenous People

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The inequity in accessing health services for indigenous people

Accessing health care services means that individuals or groups have the ability to obtain services they seek, and it is known to be an important determinant of health. The access to health care in Canada is universal to all citizens under the Health Care Act and it is known to be one of the best health care systems in the world. The access is theorized on “the strong social value of equality, defined as the distribution of services to those in need for the common good and health of all residents” (Browne,1998). Equitable access does not mean that everyone will receive the same number of services but rather the just and fair distribution of resources, where the provided services are based on people’s needs. However, not all Canadians have equal access to health care services. Aboriginal people, for example, are an underserved group. Aboriginal people experience a broad range of health issues, many of which lead Aboriginal people to suffer from among the poorest health levels in the country. Even though there are some recent improvements to health care indicators, it is well recognized that there are notable and serious differences in the health care of Aboriginals people compared to other Canadians in Canada. Aboriginals people in Canada face significant barriers to equitable and appropriate health care. We should ask ourselves why aboriginals face difficulties accessing health care services? and what…

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