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Is Immigrating a Health Hazard? The Health Experience of Newcomers

Immigrants
generally arrive with better health than the Canadian-born population.
However, as time passes this "healthy immigrant effect" disappears. The
reasons are numerous. Increasingly, newcomers lack suitable employment
and income, face racism and become disillusioned by their experience.

Nationally
one quarter of immigrants reported difficulty accessing health care.
Challenges included waiting lists, high costs, language barriers and an
inability to find a doctor. Is Canada squandering the health capital of
new immigrants? How would a more privatized health system serve
newcomers? What impact will the diminishing health experience of
newcomers have on Canada?

Panelists: Eunadie Johnson, Executive
Director, Women's Health in Women's Hands; Dennis Raphael, Associate
Professor and Undergraduate Program Director, School of Health Policy
and Management, York University; and others to be confirmed

St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts capacity is 500. First come, first seated.

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