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What is Health Quality

Understanding Health Equity


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We know that opportunities for optimal health vary among populations. That not everyone has access to high-quality care. And that many people living in Ontario do not have the resources they need to build and maintain optimal health.

A quality health system is one that reflects equitable health care. It is a system that provides good access, experience and outcomes for all.

Through the first-hand stories below, learn more about why health equity holds such importance for us all.


PIERRE’S STORY: THE MANY COSTS OF RURAL LIVING

For Pierre, living in Northern Ontario has meant 20-hour drives and moving expenses ahead of a double-lung transplant

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Jennifer’s story: A personal story of scraping by

Jennifer shares with us her challenges of eating healthy on a limited income. Video transcript

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Richard’s story: Where homelessness and quality health care meet

Watch Dr. Joshua Tepper talk about Richard, a man who lived on the streets of Toronto, as Health Quality Ontario’s CEO brings health equity to life

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HQO’s CEO, Joshua Tepper, talks about health equity

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