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The Challenge of Accessing Health Care

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Immigrants and refugees face tremendous barriers in accessing services.  Barriers can include cultural and language difficulties, agency procedures, fear of government authorities, discriminatory practices and cost.  Problems of isolation, settlement, and access to services are compounded for immigrants and refugees.  Access to recreation is particularly important in reducing isolation for immigrant and refugee children.  Many can not participate in recreational activities because of cost, or because the program design conflicts with cultural issues or family responsibilities[1]








1. Child and Youth Health Network of Eastern Ontario and Determinants of health Working Group. March 2000. The Challenges Our Children Face: Are we building healthy communities? Is there room for improvement? A report card on child poverty in Renfrew.

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