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Addressing inequities in access to quality health care for Indigenous peoples

Many issues influence access to quality health care for indigenous people. In this issue of CMAJ, Gao and colleagues1 describe inequities in access to health care and service utilization among Canadian Aboriginal people with chronic kidney disease.

Similar findings have been reported in Australia,2 New Zealand3 and the United States.4 Although well-conducted studies that quantify the extent of the disparity and trends in health care access are needed, addressing the underlying causes of this disparity is a priority — not merely because such disparities are unacceptable but because disparities in access contribute to major and avoidable ill health.

Peiris D, Brown A, Cass A. Addressing inequities in access to quality health care for Indigenous peoples. Canadian Medical Association Journal 2008; 179(10):985-6.

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