Homeless Case Study
This $1 million could have been saved if the individual was supported by housing” (p. 17). Homeless individuals visit the emergency department on average five times every year, while the more frequent users visit them weekly. Each visit costs $3,700, totaling to $18,500 spent each year for the average user and $44,400 per year for those that visit more frequently. Moreover, homeless individuals generally spend up to three nights or more per visit to the hospital, which can cost more than $9,000 per visit (Garrett, 2012, p. 17). Additionally, 80% of total emergency department visits are made by people struggling with homelessness and they are typically seen for chronic conditions that could have been resolved through preventive care. Individuals that are placed in housing qualify for healthcare coverage and are less likely to need healthcare services when compared to those who have no housing (Garrett, 2012, p.