One of the recommended responses to the condition of diversification in some reasons is the facilitation of high healthcare worker morale and the embrace of workplace diversity. This resolution should be carried out not through conscious racialist hiring, but through a hiring outreach to those communities which are most overlooked. Such an approach can be the first step in stimulating a relationship to these communities which removes them from obscurity. An article published by the Canadian Women's Health Network (2001) refers to the "invisibility" of "immigrant, refugee and racialized minorities," noting that these groups are at a critical disadvantage due to a general lack of outreach between public agencies and these specialized populations. (CWHN, 1) Hiring within these communities will serve in a multitude of ways to bride a gap which both prevents healthcare organizations from recognizing the needs of such groups and which prevents such groups from being represented within the healthcare profession.
This is a perspective which is endorsed by research supporting the Canada Health Act, with our account which finding that there is a crucial need for the Canadian healthcare system to reach out to those which might serve in its labor population as a way to beginning a relationship with communities otherwise ignored. Accordingly, one article notes that "the improvement of services for ethnically diverse communities involves both institutional practices and decision-making processes that grant them representation." (Ozcurumez & Wylie, 1) The article makes as its primary argument the idea that a more ethnically and geographically diverse personnel will result in an improvement in the capacity of the organization to address and satisfy a diversifying patient population. This drives us to a discussion on the need for healthcare organizations to find ways to accommodate a more diverse personnel.
With respect to Canada's healthcare system, the relationship between it and its many publics is afflicted by the isolation of those groups which appear unable to take advantage of the national system. Therefore, the core interest of the Canada Health Act will be in removing obstacles to this awareness through the initial step of engaging the hiring outreach. This is based on a finding which suggests lack of awareness or information impacts the perspective on accessibility held by many in the population. To the point, Canadian Women's Healthcare Network reported in 2001 "recent studies sponsored by the Maritime Centre of Excellence for Women's Health (MCEWH) have exposed a critical knowledge gap in the Atlantic Region about accessibility of health care for disadvantaged subpopulations in general and women in particular." (CWHN, 1) This is a problem which is philosophically inconsistent with the mission of the Health Care system, which as we have noted proceeds from the view of healthcare as being an entitlement to all Canadians. One of the major consequences of its failure to achieve a shared standard of quality healthcare to all is the incapacity to transcend entrenched social patterns of living standard inequality. The social conditions in some parts of Canada have had the impact of imposing obstacles upon the effective delivery of its promises for the Heath Care system, and have placed considerable pressure upon the system itself to overcome such broader conditions.
With respect to the Canada Health Act and Medicare System, there is a core demand based on the very mission of the national program which dictates a responsibility toward those populations underrepresented. Staffing of nurses, physicians and others who remove the homogeneity from current healthcare personnel will go a long way to open the door to more fluid community relations. This will require the institution of a public health campaign which is driven through medical and nursing schools to instigate a greater and more active participation on the parts of these communities in the accessing of their healthcare rights. Today, "following a generation of multicultural policy in Canada, the vast majority of nurses in both countries are still female and white. But while nursing remains starkly segregated by gender, it is hardly alone among the health professions in its under-representation of visible minorities." (Villeneuve, 67) This can be extremely alienating for those groups who sense that their needs are not being reflected by the broader system or, perhaps more often, who have a limited awareness or understanding of that to which they are entitled.
It is under this consideration that the Canada Health Act must be implemented with the utmost of flexibility and resource availability. Today, as reflected by the Act, numerous efforts have begun to see the light of day which are predisposed to addressing the needs of the system and user and incorporating this input into actionable decisions regarding resource distribution and policy improvement.
The primary goal of Canada's Health Care System is to ensure that a fundamental entitlement such as medical treatment is available to all, regardless of ethnic, age-based or socioeconomic disposition. And yet, it faces the inevitable roadblocks to this balance that are produced by inherent inequities throughout Canadian and global society. This is the essential challenge set before the government and localized healthcare leaders alike in the formulation and ratification of a Canada Health Act, which must cooperate to overcome in simultaneity the shortcomings in the quality of its care and the imbalances in its society which have made such shortcomings more apparent in some settings than in others.
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