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Drug access among homeless men in Toronto

Abstract: We examined how frequently homeless men in Toronto did not fill their prescriptions, and the extent to which coverage by a drug benefit plan improved access to medications in this population.. We conclude that automatic drug benefit coverage administered through a shelter significantly reduces the rate of unfilled prescriptions among homeless people. Extending drug benefit coverage to residents of all shelters would improve access to health care in this vulnerable population.

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