Health care cost matters for homeless people: An example of costing mental health and addiction services in homeless shelters in Canada

Jeffrey S Hoch, Carolyn S Dewa, Stephen W. Hwang, Paula Goering

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Abstract

The cost of health care services and supports for mental health and addictions is important to know. In order to calculate it, one must know who is receiving what is being provided by whom at what price. Without tracking these types of data, it is difficult to know the cost of the activities being provided. The systematic collection and analysis of such data allows decision makers to become more aware of how money is being spent. Without this information, it is difficult to evaluate different models of care or determine relative responsibilities of different government players. As a case study, we describe the analysis and findings of a project to assess the costs of mental health and addiction services within homeless shelters in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)476-483
Number of pages8
JournalInternational Journal of Mental Health and Addiction
Volume6
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 2008
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Health care costs
  • Health economics
  • Homeless shelter

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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