Doctors could prescribe houses to the homeless under radical Hawaii bill

Posted: March 1, 2017 in Uncategorized

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Hawaii state senator Josh Green (who is also a physician) has introduced a bill to reduce state medical costs by classifying homelessness as a medical condition and allowing doctors to prescribe houses for it.

Nwo Report

Newly introduced bill would classify homelessness as a medical condition, as research suggests healthcare spending falls when people have been housed

by Liz Barney in Honolulu

One day last month, Stephen Williams asked a passerby for help and then collapsed on the sidewalk. When the ambulance arrived in downtown Honolulu, his temperature was well over 104F.

A life-threatening staph infection had entered his bloodstream. Williams, who lives on the dusty streets of Chinatown, spent seven days hooked to an IV, treatment that can cost $40,000, according to the hospital that admitted him. But Williams didn’t pay: the bill was covered by government dollars in the form of Medicaid. Over the past four years, he has been to the hospital for infections 21 times, he said, a consequence of psoriasis flare-ups in a humid climate and unsanitary conditions.

Cases such as these have prompted a groundbreaking new proposal in Hawaii

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Comments
  1. Great idea but it’s not going to happen. It doesn’t take a doctor to tell us that homelessness is a medical condition for how could it not be? And yet, still…we refuse to do what’s necessary. We will instead fund the military to the detriment of all else; namely housing homeless folks.

    I’ve finally found a reason to disagree with Trump. He wants to spend an additional $54 billion on the military while at the same time, placing Ben Carson at the head of HUD and we all know Ben Carson’s thoughts on housing low income people. This is the equivalent of attempting to steer the Titanic towards another iceberg after its already in the process of sinking after hitting the first one.

    And who is the homeless patient going to give the prescription for housing to? The mayor? A City Council person? HUD? Ben Carson? Yeah! Good luck with that!

    • Your point is well taken, Shelby. I guess we all advocate for social justice where we have the best chance of jamming a cog in the wheels. A number of congressional Republicans are saying they have no intention of passing Trump’s military budget owing to the additional debt it will incur. The current debt ceiling is expected to expire March 15th.

      The budget hawks in Congress must authorize an increase in borrowing by March 15th or the US government will default on its present debt.

      • futuret says:

        I HAVE BEEN A MEMBER OF THE HOMELESS COMMUNITY; LIVING IN STREETS AND IN SHELTERS, AND I DO KNOW OF AND HAVE EXPERIENCED THE IMPLICATIONS. I DO KNOW FOR A FACT, THAT NONE OF THEM HAVE ANY INTENTION OF RESOLVING ANY ISSUES, THEY JUST SOONER SEE MORE PEOPLE BE TRANSFORMED INTO DUST. MANY ‘LIGHT YEARS AGO’ IT WAS MUCH EASIER JUST TO MANAGE US, NOW THEY MUST DEPOPULATE AND KILL US. MANY YEARS AGO, THEY WOULD MAKE MONEY OFF OF POVERTY AND HOMELESSNESS BY GROWING GOVERNMENTS, THIS IS NO LONGER THE CASE, THEY MUST CONSOLIDATE THEIR MONEY AND POWER WHILE THEY CAN. WE ALL GLOBALLY CAN BECOME HOMELESS IN A SECOND FROM ANYONE OF THESE EVENTS:

        https://christiantruther.com/news/

  2. futuret says:

    HOMELESSNESS HAS BECOME A WORLDWIDE EPIDEMIC. WHO IN THE HELL WOULD NOT BE “OUT OF THEIR MINDS”, WITH NOWHERE TO LIVE, OR EVEN GO FROM POINT A TO POINT B. THIS IS WHAT IS HAPPENING AROUND MY NECK OF THE WOODS, AND EVEN THOSE OF US WITH JOBS, ARE HAVING TO CONSTANTLY ASK CHURCHES AND SYNAGOGUES FOR HELP. THE GAP IS MUCH WIDER HERE THAN IT HAS EVER BEEN. I MUST FURTHER MAKE IMPERATIVE, AT ALL LEVELS, WE HAVE THE WORSE MANAGEMENT IN EVERY SECTOR, FROM ALL RACES:

    https://sentinelblog.com/2017/03/01/homeless-taking-over-portions-of-atlantas-airport/

  3. familyfoodhomestead says:

    Wow, what a great man.

    • Let’s hope he can persuade the rest of the Hawaii legislature to go along with him, familyfoodhomestead. An more importantly to fund the proposal to make it happen.

  4. Futuret, I saw the article about the homeless taking over Atlanta’s airport – good on ’em for that. In my mind the biggest problem of homeless people is their tendency to be invisible.

  5. A compassionate and practical response to homelessness.

  6. I agree, JoAnn, provided it’s adequately funded.

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