Terry Hannigan lived in Toronto's Maxwell Meighen shelter until earlier this year. While on the streets, he says it took him months to find a doctor willing to take him on as a patient.

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MONTREAL—In a group of several dozen homeless-health specialists from across the country that gathered last week in the basement of a Montreal hospital, two people stood out from the rest.
The medical professionals had stepped away from their street practices to begin drafting Canada’s first set of evidence-based guidelines on homeless health treatment — recommendations that have been tried and were proved successful.
The goal of the process is to ensure that doctors across the country are delivering quality treatment for people on the streets or close to it.
The air was thick with medical lingo. They spoke of “interventions” and “case management” and “shared-care models” and “patient-important outcomes.”
But during a morning break, Terry Hannigan and Christine Lalonde snuck …