Global News – All Canadian jurisdictions should routinely collect data on racial and Indigenous identity to help address inequities in health care, and the best way to do that is during the health card application or renewal process, a group of experts say. The lead author of the commentary published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal said Black and Indigenous patients have less access to care and worse outcomes, and allowing them to voluntarily provide identity data could help track racism in the health care system. The authors explain that it would also help monitor any progress toward addressing stereotypes that lead to poorer care for some people.
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