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When poverty is the disease, money is the most effective prescription

Dr. Gary Bloch’s patients suffer from a health condition to which many doctors believe there is no prescription – money.

Bloch became obsessed with this question, and at one time found he could do just that – filling out forms that would allow patients on social assistance to access $250 a month more for a special dietary supplement.

Working at the time with the Ontario Coalition Against Poverty, Bloch even participated in a clinic on the lawn of Queen’s Park where he could assist thousands with what they needed most.

Short sighted, the province changed the rules, but it hasn’t deterred Bloch.

Speaking at a TEDx forum in Stouffville as the founder of Health Providers Against Poverty, Bloch says there are four things doctors can do that can dramatically improve patient health.

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