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Stable Housing Shown to Reduce Health Care Costs
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HealthCare Inc. Northwest, Elizabeth Hayes
May 9, 2014

The Center for Outcomes Research and Education at Providence Portland Medical Center published "Integrating Housing & Health," a study about their community’s most costly segment, residents of The Apartments at Bud Clark Commons, which caters to the area’s homeless population who also suffer from severe medical problems.  The data showed dramatic reductions in medical spending when people transitioned from homelessness to housed.  Health care costs for the residents before securing housing was averaging $2000 a month (“four times higher than the average adult Medicaid member”), after a year of living at Bud Clark Commons the health care costs dropped to $899.  Annually the health care costs declined an average of $13,000, more than making up for an individual’s annual cost of housing at Bud Clark Commons.  More… 


 

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