Health & Wealth: Prescribing money to treat low-income patients
I decided to treat poverty not as a social or moral issue, but as a disease to be diagnosed and treated like any other.Dr. Gary Bloch
The Good Shepherd Ministries in downtown Toronto is a place where the city's homeless can come to find food, shelter and other services.
Dr. Gary Bloch meets with some of the center's clients in the basement at the Good Shepherd Ministries.
Gary Bloch is a family physician with St. Michael's Hospital in Toronto and chair of the Ontario College of Family Physicians' Committee on Poverty and Health.
• As a doctor, here's why I'm prescribing tax returns. Seriously. By Gary Bloch -- The Globe & Mail
Dr. Julia Morinis is a pediatrician who also practices at St. Michael's Hospital in Toronto, as well as The Hospital for Sick Children.
They were in our Toronto studio.
Tomorrow, as part of our Project Money, we'll continue our look at the relationship between poverty and physical well being. We will speak with Sir Michael Marmot, known internationally for his work on how income correlates to health.
What do you think of these doctors and their unorthodox treatments? And, if there's been a time in your life when a lack of cash also played havoc with your health, please let us know.
This segment was produced by The Current's Kristin Nelson.
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