Ritika Goel

Ritika Goel is a family physician and public health professional working with marginalized populations in Toronto.  Follow Ritika on Twitter @RitikaGoelTO.


Articles and Opinion Pieces by this author

Is activity-based funding for hospitals really a good idea?

What do you first think of when you learn that a loved one has been hospitalized? Most of us worry about our loved one getting the best treatment, having appropriate follow-up care and being sent home when they are well. As the person’s family doctor, I may connect with the team in the hospital to…

Federal reversal of refugee health cuts still leaves many uncovered

What you need to know about the federal government’s reversal of the refugee health cuts After significant public opposition and efforts from the health sector, the federal government has finally backtracked on many of their cuts to the refugee health program brought about in 2012. The drastic changes to the Interim Federal Health program cut off…

Doctor’s orders: raise the minimum wage

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 ailed him was more complicated…

Why do doctors still think pharma doesn’t influence them?

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 still published where investigators receive grants…

Butchering refugee health care is lose-lose for Canada

It's a sad day for refugees looking to Canada for protection. Today, 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 so-called 'safe countries' list singles out refugee claimants from certain countries fast-tracking…