The encounter

Authors

  • Nova Zhao McMaster University

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.36834/cmej.53363

Keywords:

homelessness, health inequalities

Abstract

We know that homelessness is a nation-wide problem in Canada. What may be often forgotten, especially by those of us unfamiliar with poverty and deprivation, is how homelessness affects a person’s health. In this essay, I narrate a chance encounter with a homeless man that taught me the difficulties homeless people face in accessing, navigating, and benefiting from the health care system. We need to rethink how we health care providers respond to the homeless, and medical students can help lead the change.

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Published

2019-03-14

How to Cite

1.
Zhao N. The encounter. Can. Med. Ed. J [Internet]. 2019 Mar. 14 [cited 2023 Feb. 7];10(1):e122-123. Available from: https://journalhosting.ucalgary.ca/index.php/cmej/article/view/53363

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Canadiana