Barriers to Care: The Challenges for Canadian Refugees and Their Health Care Providers

The article highlights the growing number of immigrants in Canada and the health disparities they face. Despite the country having in place a comprehensive healthcare system, there seems to be an eminent lack of attention to the needs of immigrants who continually suffer because of the same. They face a variety of issues, one of which is the inaccessibility to healthcare services. In this case, a majority of the immigrant populace does not have health insurance cover, and many do not even know where to go for them to access quality care (McKeary and Newbold 524).  The authors conducted a study that involved interviews with a group of Canadian immigrants who provided feedback on the inability to access quality care. Many reside in rural areas that do not have trained professionals who can offer quality services, and are not knowledgeable of where to go for better services (McKeary and Newbold 528). Additionally, the article addresses cultural incompetence as one of the common issues affecting this population. Here, it became apparent that the healthcare system lacks professionals who are well-equipped to mitigate issues that emanate from treating a culturally different group. More so, many immigrants do not comprehend the healthcare system in the country, something that highly inhibits their ability to access care.

The access to care begins with ensuring that healthcare practitioners meet the standardized needs of a culturally diverse demographic. Commendably, the article clearly brings out the aspects of the training or professionals who understand such care. However, this alone will not be very helpful. There is a need to bring healthcare to the people in a very literal manner. The healthcare industry should strive to train and employ more professionals who will then be stationed in places that have higher populations of immigrants. The article mentions the accessibility of care as one of the pertinent issues that affect immigrants and proposes training. However, this alone will not help since immigrants need to physically access care and also be informed about its beneficial aspects. More so, the healthcare system should incorporate provisions that will accommodate this population that lives without coverage. This approach would present an efficient way to solve the issues currently facing the refugees.