Ritika Goel
Ritika Goel is a family physician and public health professional in Toronto. Check out her blog at righttohealth.ca and follow her on Twitter: @RitikaGoelTO.

Entries by Ritika Goel

Safe And Affordable Housing Is A Health Issue

(1) Comments | Posted May 10, 2016 | 5:53 PM

When you're feeling unwell, whether from a minor cold or a devastating terminal illness, the feeling of home, the desire for a safe and comfortable place to rest and recuperate, is a universal one. But what if your home itself is a source of stress and illness? Worse yet, what...

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We Need a National Housing Strategy

(4) Comments | Posted October 13, 2015 | 5:18 PM

I've known Justin for a few years now. We met a few days after he had been discharged from hospital and was sent to my clinic to get connected with a family doctor. He was in hospital for yet another manic episode like many times before. Bipolar disorder has severely...

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What You Need to Know About Canada's Refugee Health Program

(10) Comments | Posted December 25, 2014 | 8:51 AM

The federal government has finally backtracked on some of their cuts to the refugee health program brought about in 2012. The drastic changes to the Interim Federal Health program restricted access to drugs, dental and vision coverage for most refugees and refugee claimants, but most seriously,...

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Canada's Refugee Health Cuts Are a Symptom of a Larger Disease

(2) Comments | Posted June 18, 2014 | 12:34 PM

On Monday, June 16, 2014, thousands of health care providers, social service providers, immigrants, refugees and allies across Canada demonstrated against the Conservative government's cuts to the refugee health program. It is these cuts that led me to treat a pregnant woman in a volunteer-run clinic...

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Canada, Stop Denying Migrant Workers Health Care When They Need It Most

(4) Comments | Posted April 7, 2014 | 5:30 PM

Kenroy Williams and Denville Clarke came to Canada to do back-breaking work in our farms, but when they needed us most, we turned our backs on them. Along with 25,000 people that come each year from Mexico, the Caribbean and Latin America, they traveled thousands of miles away from their...

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Doctor's Orders: Raise the Minimum Wage

(7) Comments | Posted January 14, 2014 | 8:29 AM

The first time I met Raj, I remember feeling completely helpless in what to offer him. A middle-aged South Asian man with a wife and two kids, Raj had moved to Canada looking for a better life 7 years ago. He came to the clinic looking for help, but what...

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Toronto Values Health Before Immigration Status

(2) Comments | Posted May 13, 2013 | 11:46 AM

Last week, Toronto City Council made history by voting in favour of putting people's health before their immigration status.  Canadians may be surprised to learn that the universal healthcare system they consider a shining beacon of our humanity denies healthcare services to an estimated 500,000 people in Canada, of which...

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Doctors Are Under the Influence of Pharma Drugs

(9) Comments | Posted April 2, 2013 | 11:20 AM

Why do so many doctors still think they are invincible to the influence of the pharmaceutical industry? Attractive, well-dressed, charismatic drug reps with pearly smiles and shiny flow charts still wait in waiting rooms. Lectures and conferences still occur where lunch is paid for by the pharmaceutical industry. Research studies are...

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How Kenney Is Killing Refugee Health Care

(18) Comments | Posted December 14, 2012 | 7:09 AM

It's a sad day for refugees looking to Canada for protection. On Monday, Jason Kenney and the Conservative government announced a controversial list of countries that will determine who does and does not get access to healthcare in this country. This 'Designated Countries of Origin' or...

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My Apologies, As a Canadian, to the Roma People

(32) Comments | Posted September 17, 2012 | 12:00 AM

A few nights ago, I watched the North American premiere of the film Just the Wind at the Toronto International Film Festival. The film's raw depiction of the experience of racism and oppression experienced by the Roma people left me deeply disturbed.

The family portrayed in this film lives...

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No Refuge for Refugees in Health Care

(4) Comments | Posted June 11, 2012 | 12:03 PM

Su-Yun Kim and her husband, like many refugees, fled persecution and arrived in Canada hoping for a better life. The young family escaped North Korea via China, due to their political involvement. We met at a refugee shelter where we provided prenatal care to pregnant Su-Yun. Her family was extremely...

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