2.7 Primary Health Care for Homeless Persons: Evaluating the Options Using a Policy Analysis Approach

What is the most effective way to deliver point-of-first-contact or primary health care to homeless persons? A number of new models of payment and organization have been used in Canada over the last two decades, but there is little literature on whether they meet the needs of homeless persons. The researchers interviewed key informants in primary care programs targeting homeless individuals and concluded that the disproportionate burden of illness borne by the homeless population constitutes a dramatic inequality of health need, yet the current model of primary care in Canada is inadequate.

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Hulchanski, J. David
Campsie, Philippa
Chau, Shirley B.Y.
Hwang, Stephen H.
Paradis, Emily
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Canadian Observatory on Homelessness