Canadian physician Gary Bloch for the past decade has been taking a unique approach to treating some of his patients: prescribing money.
According to a Vox report, Bloch looks for ways to help his patients prop their income through welfare or disability programs. Bloch says addressing those social determinants of health is a key component to treating his patients.
“Seeing patients, it became clear to me very quickly that until we worked on the basic social foundations of health, we wouldn’t be able to do much about traditional medical issues,” Bloch told Vox. “There’s an incredibly strong body of evidence that proves the link between poverty and poor health outcomes.”