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Studies/Études : Canadian Health Care: A Focus on Rural Medicine

Source: UBC Medical Journal.
"Rural medicine has played a significant role within the overarching field of Canadian health care. As an expansive country, Canada encompasses 10 million square kilometres, the majority of which is considered rural and is home to 32% of the population."

"In 2005, 21% of Canadians lived in communities with populations of less than 10,000, and 9.4% of physicians lived and worked in those same communities. The majority of physicians are focused in dense urban epicentres where technology and resources are more widely available. Since this technology is not always available in rural centers, rural physicians tend to rely more on small groups and a wide range of skills. Interestingly, as one transitions from urban centres to more rural settings, there is a significant change in health outcomes."

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