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Saxitoxin and the induction of paralytic shellfish poisoning

Author(s): Faber S

Abstract

According to the World Health Organization, everyone is entitled to healthcare access when and where it is needed, without financial hardship (WHO, n.d.). Alas, this is easier said than done — the healthcare needs of minorities, the less financially privileged, and the marginalised are often overlooked (Bridges, n.d. & Satcher, 2003). Law is an unarguably essential component for establishing inclusive healthcare, reflected by the incorporation of “right to health” in domestic and constitutional law (WHO, 2017 & WHO, 2017). However, administrative efforts and healthcare system restructuring in certain localities should not be overlooked. In the United States, safety-net clinic services aim at providing these individuals with accessible and affordable healthcare, along with transport and legal services (Safety Net Center & Oregon Health Authority n.d.). Personally, what do clinic users think about these services? To answer this question, Howard and colleagues from the University of Washington carried out an open-ended single-question survey. Their findings have been published in the September issue of the Journal of Young Investigators.

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