Welfare Policies Affecting Health

A study that finds that some HIV/AIDS patients admitted to St. Paul s Hospital check themselves out early before their treatment is completed, in order to avoid a reduction in their welfare benefits. The study, Leaving hospital against medical advice among HIV-positive patients, is in the September 2002 issue of the Canadian Medical Association Journal (CMAJ). The entire CMAJ study or the CMAJ study's abstract are available online.