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Social assistance and high cost healthcare users in Ontario

Project ID: 2017-043/2018 0950 018 000
Type of Response: Rapid response
Knowledge User: Ministry of Community and Social Services
ICES Scientists: Walter Wodchis, Refik Saskin
Summary: There is a need to understand the health needs and healthcare utilization of social assistance recipients and whether there are coordinated approaches to delivering services that may better serve recipients while also being cost-effective. The request seeks demographic profiles of social assistance recipients in the top 10% of healthcare users compared to non-social assistance population in the top 10%. The information will determine whether social assistance recipients’ health profiles may differ from other high-cost users and inform discussions around potential interventions to improve health status and reduce healthcare costs.
Status: Completed