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Long a niche, street medicine for homeless heads mainstream

Long a niche, street medicine for homeless heads mainstream

 
 

Long a niche, street medicine for homeless heads mainstream

By Michael Rubinkam, 3/9/16

Far from the sterile confines of a doctor's office or hospital, Brett Feldman looks for homeless people where they're most likely to be found — in wooded encampments, under bridges, along riverbanks, at soup kitchens — and treats them for ailments ranging from diabetes to trench foot, mental illness to substance abuse.

The 34-year-old physician assistant is one of the nation's few practitioners of "street medicine," a tiny health care niche that advocates predict will become more mainstream as hospitals and health care systems seek to cut costs, in part by reducing emergency-room visits among the homeless.

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