AbstractThis article is based on research done by bachelor students Social Science, Utrecht University, on the accessibility of healthcare for homeless people in eleven Dutch municipalities. They interviewed 54 homeless people and 31 care providers and professionals. In general, homeless people seem to find their way to health care quite adequately.
However, their perceptions of the necessity and effectiveness of treatment may negatively influence their desire to seek health care. Personal attention by care providers and mutual trust can lower the barrier to obtaining health care. The conclusion is that the accessibility of health care seems to be greatly determined by the accessibility of healthcare workers.