Canadian innovation targets health-care access crisis

Health-care access for most Canadians is in crisis, with limited availability of physicians in times of need. Fifteen per cent of Canadians have no family doctor, while one-third of Canadians with a family physician wait more than six days to get an appointment, even when they’re sick. Most Canadians spend hours in waiting rooms to meet even routine medical needs, resulting in avoidable workplace absences and poor health outcomes due to delayed or missed care. The situation is even worse for rural Canadians, given 21 per cent of the Canadian population is rural, while only 9.4 per cent of family

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