Health Care Accessibility a Challenge for Aboriginal People The health of Aboriginal people in

1300 Words6 Pages
Health Care Accessibility a Challenge for Aboriginal People The health of Aboriginal people in Canada is both a tragedy and a crisis (Aboriginal Affairs and North Development Canada, 2010). Aboriginals have a higher rate of death among aboriginal babies, twice the national average, higher rate of Infectious diseases example gastrointestinal infections to tuberculosis, and chronic and degenerative diseases such as cancer and heart disease are affecting more aboriginal people than they once did (AANDC, 2010). Availability of important medical facility is not enough to accommodate the growing medical needs of Aboriginals. A socioeconomic and cultural issue also hinders the access of aboriginals to access health care in the community.…show more content…
Medical travel can be very stressful physically, emotionally, and financially. Moreover, due to very high unemployment rate most of the families cannot afford to have their own transportation vehicles to access primary care in the community. Transportation issue can also lead to missing appointments or delayed treatments. There are minimal health care services in the aboriginal communities, particularly those that are in rural, remote, and in north with limited to access to medical technology, equipment, supplies and medications (HCC, 2013). Majority of Aboriginals do not have access to technology, therefore, access to health information and promotion is limited. Telehealth and other virtual or mobile health care programs are available; the problem is that communities do not always have adequate information and communication technology and other infrastructures to reliably deliver these programs. The lack of a modern telecommunications infrastructure and access to Information and Communications Technology (ICT) in First Nations and Inuit communities significantly limits opportunities to link federal health facilities to health programs and services delivered through provincial and territorial telehealth networks (Health Canada, 2004). Socioeconomic issues and cultural care preservation hinders Aboriginal to access quality health care. First, primary socioeconomic problem of

More about Health Care Accessibility a Challenge for Aboriginal People The health of Aboriginal people in

Open Document