Homeless Case Study

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Business in Healthcare Associated with Homelessness People experiencing homelessness are often correlated with having health issues and eventually, these health concerns can also cause homelessness. The National Health Care for the Homeless Council estimated that 70% of Health Care for the Homeless clients do not have health insurance because of low incomes and insufficient resources for health services (National Coalition for the Homeless, 2012). Those individuals already experiencing homelessness are three to six times more likely to become ill because of the lack of good nutrition, good personal hygiene, and first aid that are essential to achieving optimal health. Housing provides consistency and these individuals with the opportunity to address their mental illnesses and physical health. Ending homelessness is not only beneficial for those moving into housing, but also for …show more content…
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.

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