Navigation Links
Homeless Americans Unlikely to Receive Basic Health Care
Date:5/24/2010

More than 40 percent can't get dental services, eyeglasses, researchers find

MONDAY, May 24 (HealthDay News) -- Homeless U.S. adults are up to 10 times less likely to get the health care they need than people in the general population, a new survey reveals.

The poll results -- analyzed by researchers from both the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) and the Boston Healthcare for the Homeless Program -- are reported in the May issue of the American Journal of Public Health.

"Our study documents the substantial inability of homeless people to get the health care they need," study author Dr. Travis Baggett, from MGH's department of medicine, said in a news release. "Almost three-quarters of respondents had at least one type of unmet health-care need. Rates for specific services were six to 10 times higher than those seen in the general population, and being uninsured was a consistent predictor of the inability to get needed care."

The findings were drawn from an analysis of data collected by the 2003 Health Care for the Homeless (HCH) User Survey, which interviewed about 970 homeless adults at 79 clinics across the United States that receive funding from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Those polled were asked to recount any trouble they had experienced in getting health care in one of five areas over the prior year: medical or surgical care, prescription medications, mental health, vision care and dental care.

Nearly half said they had had two or more unmet needs. Specifically, nearly a third had been unable to obtain necessary medical or surgical services, while more than a third had been unable to get the prescription drugs they needed. Just over 40 percent said eyeglasses were the issue that fell through the cracks, while the same number said they had been unable to obtain dental care.

The working poor -- those that had been employed at least part time in the past year -- were less likely to get the care they needed than those who were unemployed, in part because they were less likely to have health insurance, the research team found.

Lack of health insurance or money to pay were the reasons most frequently associated with lack of care, followed by insufficent food, vision problems, and having been in foster care when young.

The study authors, who said their research likely underestimated the problem of unmet health needs, called for efforts to address the unique needs of homeless Americans and remove barriers to their health care.

More information

For more on the federal government's Healthcare for the Homeless programs, visit the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.



-- Alan Mozes



SOURCE: American Journal of Public Health, May 2010, news release.


'/>"/>
Copyright©2010 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved

Related medicine news :

1. Homeless adults have significant unmet health care needs
2. Diabetic Sock Company to Donate a Pair of Socks for Every Pair Sold to U.S. Homeless
3. National Safe Place Week Launches in Las Vegas to Help Prevent Teen Homelessness
4. National Safe Place Week Helps Prevent Teen Homelessness
5. Josephs Home Celebrates 10 Years of Serving Homeless Men
6. Founder and President of BOMF, Anne Mahlum, Speaks on How Running Helps to Tackle Homelessness, at National Press Club
7. Richard Maize Inspires Wealthy to Aid Homeless During Hanukkah, Christmas
8. TCOM Students Care for Homeless at Day Resource Center
9. African-Americans and women are less likely to undergo bone marrow transplantation
10. New Poll Finds Majority of Americans Are Unaware of Issues Facing Iraq/Afghanistan Veterans and Troops
11. Many Americans Say Stigma of Mental Illness Is Fading
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:4/29/2016)... ... April 29, 2016 , ... ... Foundation, the national charitable foundation serving the footwear industry, has broken all previous ... more than 130 companies across 23 states during the months of April and ...
(Date:4/29/2016)... ... April 29, 2016 , ... ... Awakening , announces the addition Onnit brand Alpha BRAIN and New Mood Daily-Stress ... Onnit brain and mood optimization products to the store is just one more ...
(Date:4/29/2016)... ... April 29, 2016 , ... On Tuesday, April 26, ... the Southeast, celebrated the signature of Gov. Nathan Deal on SB 258, the “Rural ... (R - Cumming), offers a 70% tax credit to individuals and corporations which donate ...
(Date:4/29/2016)... ... April 29, 2016 , ... ... and author of best seller "LOVE, MEDICINE and MIRACLES") addresses touchy topics related ... 2016 and podcasted thereafter . Dr. Bernie Siegel, author of a plethora ...
(Date:4/29/2016)... STAMFORD, CONNECTICUT (PRWEB) , ... April 29, 2016 , ... ... 5K Run/Walk” at Cove Island Park on Sunday, with sunny skies, a light breeze ... event, raising nearly $33,000. , The 5k Run and Walk and 1-mile ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:4/28/2016)... Oramed Pharmaceuticals Inc. (NASDAQ: ... on the development of oral drug delivery systems, announced today ... conference, presented by Joseph Gunnar & Co. LLC, ... York . Nadav Kidron , CEO of Oramed, ... Presentation Details:   PIONEERS 2016, presented by ...
(Date:4/28/2016)... New market research titled ... report that provides an overview of the Osteoarthritis,s ... identifying new targets and MOAs to produce first-in-class ... in this H1 2016 Osteoarthritis Pipeline report include ... Abiogen Pharma S.p.A., Ablynx NV, Achelios Therapeutics, Inc., ...
(Date:4/27/2016)... April 27, 2016   ... Growth in Recurring Consumable Sales  Clinical sales ... Kea Technologies (Euronext: MKEA, OTCQX: MKEAY) inventor of Cellvizio®, ... sales for the first quarter ended March 31, 2016 ... execution of its commercial strategy. First Quarter ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: