Let us talk about one of the most sensitive topics in the healthcare sector – Dental healthcare for the homeless.
For a long time, the homeless community has had it rough when trying to access health services. The fact that they do not even have enough money to live in their own homes means that they hardly are able to pay for these services.
So what should they do?
There is hope
The good news is that there is hope for the homeless people with regard to accessing quality dental health services.
Successive governments have always had plans to ensure that such people do not suffer. For instance, there have been proposals to have special insurance cover for them so that in case of anything, they can walk into any hospital even though they might not be able to get the same quality of services that the elite in the society have access to.
At least, they have something to turn to.
Accessible and comprehensive care
If you do a little search around any city, you will notice that there are several dental clinic and hospitals that are dedicated to serving the homeless.
Some of these clinics are public owned while others belong to charity organizations as well as private investors. This means that bad as the situation may be, things are not totally out of control.
You can still afford a smile even when you are homeless because no matter how difficult your life might be, you will not be discriminated against when seeking health services.
You only need to identify a hospital that offers accessible and comprehensive healthcare to people like you and your problem will be solved.
Finding the right clinic
If you or any of your family members has a dental problem, you should start by finding a hospital that accepts patients like you.
Look at how they treat homeless people and the requirements that they ask for. They may require that you be a member of a certain insurance company or that you meet other requirements.
It might be easier if you start by talking to other homeless people in your community. Let them share their experiences with some of these hospitals.
Just because you are homeless does not mean that all is lost. You still have dignity and respect because you are an important member of the society just like anyone else.
That is the reason you have a right to get dental health services.