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Access to healthcare in Québec under the GIS magnifying glass

One of the most urgent public health challenges in Québec is adequate access to health care, particularly in remote areas. Convenient access to hospitals, clinics, pharmacies, and other specialized health care providers means a better health outcome and well-being among the population.

A study by the l’Institut de recherche et d’informations socioéconomiques (IRIS) (Institute for Socioeconomic Research and Information) (in French only), notes that getting proper and timely medical care is particularly difficult in Abitibi‑Témiscamingue.

Due to lack of access to care, IRIS researchers told us that approximately 2,400 citizens of Abitibi‑Témiscamingue went to Ontario for care in 2019.

In this story map, we use ArcGIS tools to measure network adequacy to get a more detailed and intuitive picture of healthcare accessibility in Québec, using the region of Abitibi‑Témiscamingue as an example (in French only).

Want to learn more? Check out this story map with the province of Nova Scotia as an example. 

About the Author

Maryam Bazargani is a Senior Technical Solutions Specialist for Esri Canada’s Connected Communities and Emerging Technologies Program. As a GIS specialist, she delivers innovative geospatial solutions adapted to public health, transportation, public safety and IOT industries. Passionate about GIS, she loves to help people visualize their data in a new way that brings them insights and more fully answers their needs.

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