Over three million Canadians struggle to make ends meet. Four health care experts explain why poverty should be treated as an urgent medical issue in Canada, not just a moral one.
When counseling patients on health, physicians often focus on lifestyle changes such as diet, exercise or smoking. This kind of advice can be important for the individual, but does little to change underlying drivers of health like income, education and employment. These factors are the ones that have the greatest impact on whether patients will be able to eat well, move around or butt out.