Toronto homeless feel discriminated against by healthcare workers

A recent conversation with a radio personality that wanted to start up mental asylums again… I asked him if he thought we could run them better today than in the past. If we can’t, it would be a mistake. Just as this article states, some healthcare workers discriminate. It is not illegal to be homeless or mentally ill. These people should not be treated worse than criminals. T.J.

Global News

TORONTO- A small park lies in the shadows at St. Michael’s Hospital in downtown Toronto.

“If you’re homeless they don’t want to deal with you. They just don’t seem to care,” said Mark as he motions with his hand towards the inner-city hospital steps away from where he stands in the middle of the park.

Mark is homeless, has been for several years. So are many of the other men lingering in the shade around him. He says all of them have been judged at some point by a doctor or nurse.

“You can’t smell like alcohol, you can’t be high, you can’t look homeless. If you look homeless you’re treated as homeless,” he said.

There is a high level of perceived discrimination among homeless adults when it comes to healthcare.

“Some told us they didn’t want to smile in front of a doctor because missing teeth is seen has…

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About tjmcfee

Freelance writer. Activist on homeless issues. 48 years old. I write about subjects that need to be examined closely and thoughtfully. The idea for Brain Sections came from reading a book about abandoned asylums. I wanted to set a suspense story in that setting. The inclusion of crazed scientists turning homeless people into zombies is what makes the story unique. View all posts by tjmcfee

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