The story of chronically homeless individuals cycling through hospital emergency departments and using a disproportionate amount of their resources is not a new one. But a five-part series from the San Diego Union-Tribune (U-T) called Health Care 911 explores this issue in depth reporting on frequent users of health services who tend to be individuals suffering from homelessness.
Health Care 911 shares national and local research while showing the viewer the experiences of emergency room physicians, emergency responders, and the individuals who are frequent users.
The five parts are broken down into:
How a mostly homeless group makes disproportionate use of 911 and hospital ERs.
How emergency crews are constantly caring for the same sick people.
Why revolving door patients drain resources.
A new strategy to help some frequent users change their lives.
Case study of an individual trying to break the cycle.
Local communities in New Jersey have brought together homeless service providers and hospitals to talk about how to solve this problem at the local level. Monarch supports this initiative and will continue to track its progress along with featuring national news and best practices around this critical issue.