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Doctors can prescribe medicine for health conditions. What can they do for homelessness, food insecurity, and other social determinants of health?

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As a bright-eyed family medicine physician fresh out of her residency, Laura Gottlieb expected to face challenges as she cared for low-income Seattle residents. She steeled herself to confront the ravages of addiction and HIV. Gottlieb knew many had histories of abuse and trauma, and they also had to manage chronic conditions such as asthma, cardiovascular disease, and kidney failure.


Approximately one in four people with diabetes are using less insulin than they need because of the cost

Participant holding a protest sign at a rally for affordable insulin for people with diabetes.
Participant holding a protest sign at a rally for affordable insulin for people with diabetes.
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In the past 10 years, the price of insulin in the United States has tripled. For those people with diabetes who have to buy their insulin without insurance or with high-deductibles and coinsurance plans, the inflated price of this essential drug has forced impossible choices between buying insulin and paying for rent or buying food. (In some cases, biohackers with diabetes are even making their own insulin.)


Even health and policy experts struggle to choose health care each year. Here’s what to know.

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David Johnson and Terri Brady met at Harvard while both were working on master’s degrees in public policy. He became an investment banker, specializing in complex financial instruments like derivatives and options. She added a law degree from Columbia.

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