Are all Canadians getting access to the health care they need? The average person might assume yes, since Canada has a system of universal health insurance, but Canada’s medicare system is in fact falling short, as marginalized Canadians across the country regularly slip through the cracks.

Marginalized individuals or segments are those who are excluded from and have a hard time engaging with mainstream society and often have diculty accessing key services such as health care. Consequently, they are considered to be high health risk populations, and include newcomers to Canada, Aboriginals and members of other minority groups, the elderly, the disabled, those living in poverty, and basically anyone who is otherwise socially, linguistically, financially or geographically isolated.

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