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Fresh food prescriptions given to low-income patients to help combat disease

by LiveModern Webmaster last modified May 10, 2017 01:04 AM
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by (Lacy Cooke) last modified May 09, 2017

What if instead of prescribing a medicine to treat a disease, doctors could prescribe fresh food to help prevent one? Geisinger Health System in Pennsylvania is testing a food prescription idea with their Fresh Food Pharmacy, a service targeted right now at food insecure, diabetic patients. Physicians think giving out food could actually save them money in the long run, and other doctors think the program is a sign of a paradigm shift from reactive to preventative medicine.





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