Air pollution and general practitioner access and utilization: A population based study in Sarnia, ‘Chemical Valley’, Ontario. (32 page pdf, Tor H Oiamo, Isaac N Luginaah, Dominic O Atari, and Kevin M Gorey, Environmental Health, Aug.9, 2011)
Today, we review some research into how (or if) access to medical attention affects the impact of air pollution on human health by examining the population of a fairly highly-polluted city in southern Ontario, not far from the industrialized areas of Chicago and Detroit. Although provision health care in Canada is not determined by ability to pay (unlike its country to its south for all but the elderly), income levels appear to have an impact on the quality of attention provided – one reason being that medical doctors tend to not have their offices or clinics in highly polluted areas of the city and this is where lower income groups live. The conclusion is that corrective action concerning access to health care plays an important role in reducing the impact of air pollution.
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