Report finds patients of colour less likely to get pain meds among racial issues plaguing health care
Posted: June 10, 2020
(June 9, 2020)
By: Len Gillis, Sudbury.com
Ontario Health Coalition cites numerous studies showing the amount of pain relief can depend on a person’s skin tone
The amount of pain relief a person receives can often depend on their skin tone, stated a report by the Ontario Health Coalition released this month, citing studies from several journals.
The findings of these studies show racism is a public health crisis in Ontario, said a statement and some statistics provided by the Ontario Health Coalition (OHC). The OHC is a lobbying and advocacy group that promotes universal public health care in Canada.
The group released a statement on June 5 in support of the rising protests against what it called anti-black racism.
“Across Canada and the United States, and around the world, health sector organizations are declaring anti-Black (OHC has chosen to capitalize, which Sudbury.com has preserved in quotes) racism a public health crisis,” said the OHC statement. “We support this declaration and add our voices to it. Anti-Black racism is also a violation of fundamental human rights, of core principles of justice and is a grave threat to democracy.”
It is similar to the statement released last week by Public Health Sudbury and Districts, the official public health agency for Sudbury and surrounding communities. That statement, signed by Medical Officer of Health Penny Sutcliffe said racism and oppression causes poor mental health as well as affecting physical health.