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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2012, 9(10), 3755-3768; doi:10.3390/ijerph9103755
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Experiences of French Speaking Immigrants and Non-immigrants Accessing Health Care Services in a Large Canadian City

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Received: 17 September 2012 / Revised: 10 October 2012 / Accepted: 15 October 2012 / Published: 22 October 2012
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Migrant Health 2012)
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Abstract

French speakers residing in predominantly English-speaking communities have been linked to difficulties accessing health care. This study examined health care access experiences of immigrants and non-immigrants who self-identify as Francophone or French speakers in a mainly English speaking province of Canada. We used semi-structured interviews to gather opinions of recent users of physician and hospital services (N = 26). Language barriers and difficulties finding family doctors were experienced by both French speaking immigrants and non-immigrants alike. This was exacerbated by a general preference for health services in French and less interest in using language interpreters during a medical consultation. Some participants experienced emotional distress, were discontent with care received, often delayed seeking care due to language barriers. Recent immigrants identified lack of insurance coverage for drugs, transportation difficulties and limited knowledge of the healthcare system as major detractors to achieving health. This study provided the groundwork for future research on health issues of official language minorities in Canada.
Keywords: immigrants; French language; health care access; family doctor; qualitative descriptive; official language minorities immigrants; French language; health care access; family doctor; qualitative descriptive; official language minorities
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Ngwakongnwi, E.; Hemmelgarn, B.R.; Musto, R.; Quan, H.; King-Shier, K.M. Experiences of French Speaking Immigrants and Non-immigrants Accessing Health Care Services in a Large Canadian City. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2012, 9, 3755-3768.

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