Health Care For The Homeless

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Unfortunately, the homeless has little access to health care related to many factors. The homeless face health risks and are more likely to suffer from mental health issues and chronic health problems. They are exposed to the elements and have poor nutrition and limited access to health care (Potter, Perry, Stockert, and Hall, 2015, p. 620). As a result of limited access, they have less of an opportunity to receive help to prevent or treat illness and injuries. By not receiving help from care providers, their risk for injuries, infection, and terminal illnesses are highly increased. They are susceptible to many diseases more than someone who does receive health care. Who is Affected? Access to health care for the homeless is limited because of lack of benefits and health insurance, money, attitude of some health care professionals, language barrier, fear, mistrust, inability to understand medical information, the inability to follow the treatment due to cost or availability, resources, education and transportation. The homeless contributes to their ill health due to their lack of self-care and access to health services as well as a high exposure to diseases and parasites easily spread in crowded conditions, such as shelters (Zlotnick, Zerger, and Wolfe, 2013, p. S199). Most homeless people are uninsured but have a significance in health care needs, which leads to conflict. Unfortunately, most homeless people are not able to receive health care due to the factors listed
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