Canada’s health system isn’t ready for diseases caused by climate change: doctors – GLOBAL

October 30, 2022

Montreal family doctor Claudel Petrin-Desrosiers sees climate change as an all-encompassing “risk amplifier.”

She says it raises the potential for hazard across the board, from threatening the most basic health determinants, such as air quality and access to food and water, to exacerbating seasonal allergies and tick-borne Lyme disease.

Petrin-Desrosiers, president of the Quebec chapter of the Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment, is among a group of doctors who say Canada’s health-care system isn’t prepared for the worsening effects of climate change.

Finola Hackett, a locum physician working in rural communities throughout southern Alberta, said ignoring the “climate crisis when it comes to health, long-term, it’s going to be very costly, not just in terms of dollars, but in lives.”

Both say acting now has the potential to save lives.

“That’s motivating enough for us to do the work,” said Petrin-Desrosiers.

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