Would you be willing to provide your physician services to homeless patients directly on the street?

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  • Yes! Their problems need attention before they end up in the E.R.
  • Maybe if there aren't any sanitation concerns
  • No! What are hospitals for?
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      Dalia SahaDalia Saha
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      The number of people who are becoming homeless has only increased during the pandemic. And, they need healthcare. A lot of it. Many of them ignore medical conditions which fester, only to make this patient population much more sick and in a precarious clinical condition.

      Enter street medicine, where doctors walk the underpasses and look for homeless patients and provide care to them directly ..on the street. The article below suggested this as a way to ease health care costs.

      https://www.newsweek.com/homeless-americans-are-costing-us-millions-each-year-street-medicine-would-help-opinion-1701167

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      manuela_claramanuela_clara
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      Being aware of the amount of diseases going around, there should be a specific, sanitized and protected place to spacificaly treat them. To ensure there is nothing contagious. But I believe they should not be treated in the streets.

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      Marina MedinaMarina Medina
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      It is a basic human right to be treated for a medical problem. If it isn’t critical then yes treat them there because you will be acting on humanitarian principle of life. And they will be thankful that you were there to help them.

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      Robert KrupkinRobert Krupkin
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      Is this the way the medical profession demonstrates its concern and compassion to humans less fortunate then ourselves.
      Would we as individuals want to evaluated and treated in the street where the environment maybe extremely hot or cold,
      raining or snowing. What privacy can be consistently achieved on the street?

      In my humble opinion just asking this question reveals the lack of consideration and concern for any and all humans.
      It also reflects the stupidity of the person or persons who conceived of this question.

      Even when I traveled to Haiti (perhaps the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere)to treat the injured and ill during one of their many earthquakes we brought our patients lined up each morning and evening into a hospital setting with private examination rooms.

      Robert H. Krupkin, M.D.

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      cathe813cathe813
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      There are many reasons homeless or others won’t go to an ER. Maybe they have no way to get there, or cannot wait for an ambulance. Maybe they are ashamed of their circumstances. Mental health plays into this too. Many people homeless or not, have no idea how serious their condition may be. Reminds me of people who live alone and had gangrene. They refused to tell anyone. One guys toes were hanging by a thread. His daughter went to visit and saw them. He did come to the ER for treatment. A little too late to salvage his toes. But I believe if the homeless agree they to go to the hospital, they should be given that right. Minor conditions can be treated in Express Care type clinics. Usually a NP or PA. If a doc is willing to go help, God bless him or her. Homeless should just get treatment in the field as long as they consent and they aren’t too seriously ill.

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      dr_nadeemsohaildr_nadeemsohail
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      Why more and more people becoming homeless? Shelter must me the responsibility of the government. Shelter ,Health and food must be for everyone. Taxes are collected to run the government, and food Shelter and health are the basic part of government.
      But as humanity the social sector is also responsible to provide for those who need. SUB Maya Hy

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      goitseleburu75goitseleburu75
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      Yes if proper mobile clinics a organised whereby the patient will have privacy of being consulted in the mobile van and also hygenic protocols a adhered to.
      Homeless people deserve love and reaching out to because most of them cannot afford going to hospitals

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      ochulochiazamochulochiazam
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      The government should provide shelter for them,show kindness to them and they should be treated.

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      Bernard Dumaduma.linda
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      Yes in order to prevent and minimize their health status before they require urgent medical treatment. Government should ensure that there are outreach programs to cater and to ensure the livelihood of the street dwellers.

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