No one service is insulated from another. Homelessness is associated with virtually every aspect of the health care system.
Emergency services, mental health services and utilization of health care resources, are just a few of the many areas impacted by homelessness. In many cases, illnesses go untreated, pains are ignored, until it is either too late for intervention, or the cost associated therein is much higher than it would have been if there was access to care earlier. Access to affordable housing is one of most effective ways that costs can be reduced and adequate care provided.
A study conducted by the Agency for Healthcare and Research Quality, found that homeless individuals are 4 times more likely to be hospitalized than the general population. In another study conducted in New York, the average additional cost associated with hospitalization of the homeless was $2,414 more than low-income patients, and the length of stay after hospitalization, 4 days longer.
Related Blog Posts
- 11/14/2013 - Chronic Homelessness: A Problem That is Inherently Solvable - Andrea Iloulian, Conrad N. Hilton Foundation
- 10/16/2013 – Fill the Coverage Gap for the Most Vulnerable Workers by Extending Medicaid in Ohio - Susanna Krey, Sisters of Charity Foundation of Cleveland
- 10/7/2013 - Housing is Health Care: Outcomes from Housing High Cost Homeless Hospital Patients - Bill Pitkin, Conrad N. Hilton Foundation
- 10/1/2013 - Can Increased Access to Health Insurance Improve Care for Homeless Populations? - Peggy Bailey, Corporation for Supportive Housing
- 8/6/2013 - Housing is Healthcare - Katie McKillin, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
- 6/27/2012 - In Ohio, Medicaid is a Life Changer for People Experiencing Homelessness - Terri Donlin Huesman, Osteopathic Heritage Foundation, and Karen Twinem, National Church Residences
- 4/5/2012 - Resource Roundup: Spring 2012 - Funders Together to End Homelessness
- 2/29/2012 - Partnering Around Social Innovation in Health, Housing, and Homelessness - Nancy McGraw, Corporation for Supportive Housing
- 10/21/2011 - How Philanthropy Can Help End Homelessness - Barbara Poppe, US Interagency Council on Homelessness
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