Percentage of refugees reporting barriers to health care, Canada, 2007

Source: CICH graphic created using data adapted from McKeary, M., & Newbold, B. (2010). Barriers to care: The challenges for Canadian refugees and their health care providers. Journal of Refugee Studies, feq038.

Based on 2007 data, more than one-fifth of Canadian refugees had problems getting health care within the first six months of their arrival. The most common barrier was cost:  half of the refugees cited cost as a barrier and 38% said language was a barrier.

Three years post arrival, two-thirds of Canadian refugees reported that waiting lists were a barrier and 42% reported cost as a barrier.

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