Hospitals discharge homeless patients too quickly

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  1. Tom Closson

    I believe that the Ontario Government should establish a Regulation that requires that patients be discharged from a hospital only if a primary care provider appointment has been confirmed… that will enable better integration between hospitals and primary care providers

    • Charlene Crews

      Unfortunately the wait time to connect a homeless client to a new primary care physician in downtown Toronto is often 2+ months. As well, without assertive outreach and community support, getting a client who is homeless to that first appointment can be challenging due to transient lifestyle, shelter changes, lack of a phone or place to leave messages for reminders, disorganization and general chaotic daily life that comes with homelessness.

  2. Ellen Ryan

    Please use local or national statistics. People are completely misled by American outcome studies.

  3. Elliot

    Excellent piece that sums up the plight of the homeless in their attempt to access health care. The process is especially dehumanizing, oppressive, and inequitable.

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