California: Newsom wants doctors to prescribe housing for homeless people

California: Newsom wants doctors to prescribe housing for homeless people
Gavin Newsom (Image: ABC 7 LA video)

[Ed. – And that won’t even be the most ridiculous thing to come out of California this week.  You know it won’t.  Meanwhile, talk about prescription prices soaring.  Instead of, say, a 2-week course of generic antibiotics, MediCal could start spending $1,800 a month for a studio in Studio City, prescribed for an indigent homeless person by an M.D.  And don’t feel left out; from Maine to Florida to the sunny climes of Arizona, YOU’D be paying for it.  A huge chunk of MediCal funding comes from Medicaid.]

Newsom floated the idea during his State of the State address on Wednesday.

“This year we have proposed … a once in a lifetime reform of our medical system based on the obvious long ignored principle that physical health and brain health are inextricably linked. …” Newsom said.

“Healthcare and housing can no longer be divorced. After all, what’s more fundamental to a person’s wellbeing then a roof over their head? Doctors, doctors should be able to write prescriptions for housing the same way they do for insulin and antibiotics,” he continued.

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