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Inuit in the Qikiqtaaluk (Baffin) region must travel long distances south to receive specialized health-care services. (Janet Jull)

Inuit cancer patients often face difficult decisions without support far from home

Inuit living in their traditional territory must travel long distances — often with no personal support — for specialized health-care services like cancer care, obstetrics and dialysis.
Schizophrenia has been identified as a significant risk factor for dying of COVID-19. (Canva)

COVID-19 and schizophrenia: A potentially deadly combination

People with schizophrenia are almost three times more likely to die from COVID-19 than those without the serious mental illness, making it second only to age as a risk factor for mortality.
Premier Scott Moe speaks after a media tour of the COVID-19 mass immunization clinic and drive-thru immunization space in Regina on Feb. 18, 2021. The province also has mobile immunization vehicles to distribute the vaccine to remote communities. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Michael Bell

Mass COVID-19 immunization: Ensuring equitable access to vaccination

One important metric by which we can measure the success of our public health system: Ensuring everyone has access to immunization in their community.
While people with certain disabilities are already at higher risk for severe COVID-19, that risk is increased by elements within the health-care system. (Shutterstock)

People with disabilities put at risk by COVID-19 triage and vaccine priorities

People with disabilities are overlooked for COVID-19 vaccine distribution and triage protocols. We need to make this group a priority and address issues that put them at risk.
With more health resources devoted to COVID-19, non-COVID patients may have unmet health-care needs, which predict poorer health in the future. (Shutterstock)

Collateral damage: The unmet health-care needs of non-COVID-19 patients

With COVID-19 placing heavy demands on the health-care system, non-COVID patients may struggle to access care, putting women, people in poor health and those without a regular doctor at risk.
Because support from specialized professionals and technologies is often accessed through schools, families of children with disabilities may find childcare and education particularly challenging during COVID-19 school closures. (Shutterstock)

Children with disabilities face health risks, disruption and marginalization under coronavirus

COVID-19 has left children with disabilities and their families lacking services, at risk for physical and mental health issues, and fearful of discriminatory choices for treating critical illness.
Incarcerated people are often denied access to treatment for opioid use disorder. This October 2016 file photo shows corrections officer opening the door to a cell in the segregation unit at the Fraser Valley Institution for Women in Abbotsford, B.C. during a media tour. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Fuelling a crisis: Lack of treatment for opioid use in Canada’s prisons and jails

Urgently needed treatment for opioid use disorder is often denied to incarcerated people, feeding the crisis in prisons and jails.
A national licence to practice may be one way to help address the lack of doctors in some regions, and to encourage telemedicine consultations. (Shutterstock)

A national licence for doctors in Canada: Is it really possible?

In Canada, regulation of professions usually falls under provincial jurisdiction, but there may be feasible models for a national licence for health-care professionals.
A Malian mother waits to have her baby vaccinated. Though access to health care has improved, many people say their governments must do more. Dominic Chavez/World Bank

More Africans are accessing health care – but states still have work to do

Across the continent, citizens’ perceptions of health care show several barriers to access and better health for all.

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