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QRC opens office in Bangui to launch QR7.35m projects - Peninsula On-line

QRC opens office in Bangui to launch QR7.35m projects - Peninsula On-line | Access to Health | Scoop.it
“Gulf Times QRC opens office in Bangui to launch QR7.35m projects Peninsula On-line The first aspect of intervention is to build a town for internally displaced people (IDP) in Moyen Sido, 270km north of Bangui, towards the Chad borders, as a...”
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Expanding Access to Healthcare for Santa Maria Vet - VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System

Expanding Access to Healthcare for Santa Maria Vet - VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System | Access to Health | Scoop.it
“The Santa Maria Community-Based Outpatient Clinic (CBOC) will be expanding their clinic with a 3500-square-foot addition that is dedicated to caring for homeless Veterans in the Santa Maria area.”
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Homeless Man, Robs Bank For $1, Asks To Go To Jail To Access Healthcare

Homeless Man, Robs Bank For $1, Asks To Go To Jail To Access Healthcare | Access to Health | Scoop.it
“Epic fail or strange success? When it comes to a recent (and bizarre) alleged bank robbery, it all depends on whom you ask.”
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Each of us can advocate to end homelessness - Asheville Citizen-Times

Each of us can advocate to end homelessness - Asheville Citizen-Times | Access to Health | Scoop.it
“Each of us can advocate to end homelessness Asheville Citizen-Times The truth is homelessness isn't free to our community: people who are homeless consume an enormous amount of public resources that we all pay for, like too many hospital visits...”
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Schemes in place, but homeless not using them: Govt to HC - Financial Express

Schemes in place, but homeless not using them: Govt to HC - Financial Express | Access to Health | Scoop.it
“Financial Express Schemes in place, but homeless not using them: Govt to HC Financial Express Ahmad, through advocates Reshma Jaffrey and Amiy Shukla, alleged that over 300 homeless families in the area were being denied access to healthcare and...”
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NHS Resistance to Reform 'Has Cost Thousands of Lives' - Breitbart News

NHS Resistance to Reform 'Has Cost Thousands of Lives' - Breitbart News | Access to Health | Scoop.it
“Breitbart News NHS Resistance to Reform 'Has Cost Thousands of Lives' Breitbart News Adding that healthcare can learn from change in mobile technology, Professor Willett said: "There is a significant degree of inertia, actively and passively,...”
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Qatar: 48 healthcare projects are in the pipeline - Zawya (registration)

“Qatar: 48 healthcare projects are in the pipeline Zawya (registration) "Implicit in the plan is developing a structural backbone to support the NHS priority areas; universal access to healthcare by everyone in Qatar, shifting the balance of care...”
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Senior poverty is a problem for us all - The Reporter

Senior poverty is a problem for us all - The Reporter | Access to Health | Scoop.it
“Senior poverty is a problem for us all The Reporter Start a discussion about poverty in this country and you are likely to hear about families and children in desperate need.”
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Report: Britain's NHS is world's best health care system (Includes interview) - DigitalJournal.com

Report: Britain's NHS is world's best health care system (Includes interview) - DigitalJournal.com | Access to Health | Scoop.it
“Report: Britain's NHS is world's best health care system (Includes interview) DigitalJournal.com The panel analyzed numerous components of 11 most-developed nations' health care systems and concluded that "the United Kingdom ranks first overall,...”
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Kuwait: KKMA to build homes for homeless - Daijiworld.com

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“Kuwait: KKMA to build homes for homeless Daijiworld.com The programme's overall objective is to support poor families with sustainable development and to improve their living conditions by giving them the access to basic education, shelter and...”
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Praise for level of care at NHS trust - Daily Echo

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“Daily Echo Praise for level of care at NHS trust Daily Echo The children's outreach and support team was highlighted for providing “an excellent level of care and support” to patients at home with acute illnesses, while the homeless healthcare team...”
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There's no place like home in health care: Housing the homeless is key to ... - Philly.com (blog)

There's no place like home in health care: Housing the homeless is key to ... - Philly.com (blog) | Access to Health | Scoop.it
“Philly.com (blog) There's no place like home in health care: Housing the homeless is key to ... Philly.com (blog) ... rainy day.”
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US: Providing housing for the homeless is the first and most important step to help. Someone in permanent housing does not typically require as much access to healthcare as those living on the streets.
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Be part of the ground breaking health and social value programme / News / Social Enterprise UK

Be part of the ground breaking health and social value programme / News / Social Enterprise UK | Access to Health | Scoop.it
“Only one week left to apply for free bespoke support on implementing #socialvalue in healthcare http://t.co/lQZ0ocfa5d”
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Camps best option for many, lawyers for homeless say - DesMoinesRegister.com

Camps best option for many, lawyers for homeless say - DesMoinesRegister.com | Access to Health | Scoop.it
“Camps best option for many, lawyers for homeless say DesMoinesRegister.com Deirdre Henriquez, the outreach coordinator for Primary Healthcare, one of the organizations the city works with to help the homeless population, said her staff works to...”
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Pensioners to prisoners: how telecare can treat hard to reach patients - The Guardian

Pensioners to prisoners: how telecare can treat hard to reach patients - The Guardian | Access to Health | Scoop.it
“The Guardian Pensioners to prisoners: how telecare can treat hard to reach patients The Guardian Last winter, 93-year-old Ernest Towers had access to arguably one of the most transformational tools in healthcare, when his North Yorkshire care home,...”
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FT Ministry: One-stop centres for homeless to be set up in the city - The Star Online

FT Ministry: One-stop centres for homeless to be set up in the city - The Star Online | Access to Health | Scoop.it
“The Malay Mail Online FT Ministry: One-stop centres for homeless to be set up in the city The Star Online “These centres will possess shelters with the 'Anjung Singgah' concept in addition to serving as an integrated registration centre for the...”
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Federal Court: Failed Refugee Claimants to Get Free Healthcare (Again) - The True North Times

Federal Court: Failed Refugee Claimants to Get Free Healthcare (Again) - The True North Times | Access to Health | Scoop.it
“The True North Times Federal Court: Failed Refugee Claimants to Get Free Healthcare (Again) The True North Times That way, we avoid scenarios where Americans clog up our refugee system just in order to get some of our free healthcare (thanks Obama?”
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Six ways social media can improve your health

Six ways social media can improve your health | Access to Health | Scoop.it
Social media has markedly changed the way people interact with their healthcare providers, changing the status quo when it comes to accountability and taking control of decisions. The factors that set social media apart from other forms of communication include its immediacy, interactivity, and that the fact that a significant amount of the content is developed by the user, rather than the provider. As is generally the case with social media, its effects have been both positive and negative. Understanding these effects is central to ensuring that we get the most use out of it, with minimal risks. In its recent publication, Social Media “likes” healthcare, PWC found that 42% of consumers in the United States have used social media to access health-related consumer reviews (e.g. of treatments or physicians). Nearly 30% have supported a health cause, 25% have posted about their health experience, and 20% have joined a health forum or community. The implication here is that there is an enormous amount of information available that has been created by the consumers of health services. In developing regions, smartphone use has “leapfrogged” ahead of computers because of problems with traditional internet connectivity. The World Health Organization’s articleWhat Social Media Offers to Health Professionals and Citizens states that there are more than 4 billion mobile phone subscribers globally, two-thirds of them in developing countries, with the fastest in Africa. This means that people in developing parts of the world often have similar levels of access to social media as those in industrialized nations, and often have more reason to use it, for example as a way of overcoming geographical isolation. The kind of information provided by consumers that might help others includes discussions of symptoms, treatments and healthy lifestyle issues, as well as moral support for members of the forum undergoing treatment or suffering from a particular illness. People who want to lose weight, or quit smoking or other substances have been shown to stick to their health regimes more faithfully when sharing their experiences with other people in similar positions, and when they feel they are in some way accountable to other people in the forum. “Building connections among people with similar health challenges gives us a much better shot at helping them achieve their goals,” says lead health insurer Aetana’s head of consumer solutions, Meg McCabe. What’s more, a significant number of people have also used social media platforms to support a health-related cause, whether this involves signing petitions against harmful drugs, donating money towards research or the treatment of an individual in need. In fact, 30% of people interviewed for the PwC report mentioned above said that they had used social media for this purpose. From a service provider point of view, providing information over a social media platform can help to free up a doctor’s time; there are many cases in which patients do not need to physically see a doctor, but rather require certain information. Importantly, consumers are also able to broadcast their experiences with particular healthcare providers and medications, holding hospitals, doctors and pharmaceutical companies to account for the way that they are experienced by the consumer, as they risk losing business should information surface that discredits them in any way. A constructive by-product of the circulation of all this information has been the rise in the amount of health-related data available to researchers as patient experiences, responses to medication, as well as more qualitative information regarding their lifestyles than is often available through traditional medical consultations. While social media has provided many advantages, the possible downsides must be considered as well. The danger of incorrect self-diagnosis increases dramatically when members are able to communicate over supposedly credible platforms without any contribution by a medical practitioner; 45% of consumers in the PWC study said it would affect their decision to seek a second opinion. “More than 40% of respondents reported that information found via social media would affect the way they coped with a chronic condition, their approach to diet and exercise, and even their choice of doctor.” Although this can be helpful, it can also be based on inaccurate and incomplete information, which can endanger the patient. The other concern that arises with the sharing of personal information of any kind over social media platforms is that of privacy – a reality that should always be taken into account. The positive and negative effects of social media on the healthcare system can therefore be summarized as follows: PositiveNegativeAccess to information in developing regions Support and mutual accountability on online health forums Support for health-related causes Helping health services to prioritize critical cases Increased accountability to consumers More data available to health researchers Incorrect self-diagnosis Potential breach of privacy It is clear that social media is having a marked effect on healthcare systems, and that its impact is relevant both in the developed and developing worlds. Healthcare service providers face a significant opportunity in the chance to leverage this in order to provide better healthcare to a greater number of people, while consumers are able to use it to empower themselves, their families and their communities.
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Ops to house the homeless - The Star Online

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“Ops to house the homeless The Star Online The halfway homes provide food and lodging, counselling, recreational facilities, healthcare and practical training such as in agriculture, vocational skills and handicraft.”
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Homeless drug addicts doubled during crisis - Kathimerini

Homeless drug addicts doubled during crisis - Kathimerini | Access to Health | Scoop.it
“Homeless drug addicts doubled during crisis Kathimerini Virtually all the drug addicts questioned by KETHEA's street team said they had health problems and limited or no access to public healthcare.”
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Remote Area Medical provides free healthcare in Scott County - Local 8 Now

Remote Area Medical provides free healthcare in Scott County - Local 8 Now | Access to Health | Scoop.it
“Remote Area Medical provides free healthcare in Scott County Local 8 Now HUNTSVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- Scott County has one of the highest unemployment rates in the state and that makes it difficult for families to afford healthcare.”
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Programs to help homeless receive federal grants - Kansas.com

Programs to help homeless receive federal grants - Kansas.com | Access to Health | Scoop.it
“Programs to help homeless receive federal grants Kansas.com The program helps the homeless move into permanent housing by paying for rent and utility bills.”
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Hospitals, doctors moving out of poor city neighborhoods to more affluent areas - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Hospitals, doctors moving out of poor city neighborhoods to more affluent areas - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel | Access to Health | Scoop.it
“Hospitals, doctors moving out of poor city neighborhoods to more affluent areas Milwaukee Journal Sentinel At a time when research shows that being poor is highly correlated with poor health, hospitals and doctors are following privately insured...”
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Indonesia's poor swap garbage for health care - The Sun Daily

Indonesia's poor swap garbage for health care - The Sun Daily | Access to Health | Scoop.it
“Indonesia's poor swap garbage for health care The Sun Daily There are five such centres in the city that are part of a scheme dubbed "Garbage Clinical Insurance" by its 24-year-old founder Gamal Albinsaid, offering treatment and advice for free to...”
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'They May Have Been Heroes' Photos Spotlight Fact That Homeless Vets ... - Huffington Post

'They May Have Been Heroes' Photos Spotlight Fact That Homeless Vets ... - Huffington Post | Access to Health | Scoop.it
“'They May Have Been Heroes' Photos Spotlight Fact That Homeless Vets ... Huffington Post The VA scandal has awakened the nation to the lengthy wait times that veteran patients have had to endure for healthcare.”
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US: Hundreds of reasons for homelessness... this article is about former vet heroes
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