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Some doctors may ‘prescribe’ an attorney for their patient

Spokane’s Health and Justice Initiative, a medical-legal partnership program at Gonzaga School of Law, is designed to integrate legal advocacy into health care, training doctors, medical residents and other health-care staff to identify patients’ legal needs and refer them to lawyers and legal interns.

For example, if a physician’s assistant (PA) asks a few questions about the home environment of a girl with asthma symptoms, she may learn that mold and lack of heat may contribute to the problem. .. .  . . .read more

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