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Dr. Gary Bloch

Family Physician

St. Michael's Hospital

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St. Michael's Hospital

30 Bond St.

Toronto, Ontario M5B 1W8

Canada

Company Description

St. Michael's Hospital provides compassionate care to all who enter its doors. The hospital also provides outstanding medical education to future health care professionals in more than 23 academic disciplines. Critical care and trauma, heart disease, neur ... more

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Background Information

Employment History

Chair

Poverty Committee

Affiliations

Expert Advisor
EvidenceNetwork.ca

Chairman of Family Physicians' Committee
Ontario College

Founder
Health Providers

Founder
Inner City Health Associates

Education

BA ( Honours )

History

McGill

MD

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I just returned from a month ...

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I just returned from a month long Fulbright fellowship in Canada and met such a physician, Dr. Gary Bloch, who practices family medicine at St. Michael's Hospital in Toronto. We had a long conversation about what makes people healthy. He wasn't interested in talking about new drugs to lower cholesterol hyped by the latest drug salesperson to walk through his door.

"We've created an advocacy or interventional initiative aimed at changing the conversation about poverty and how doctors think about poverty as a health issue," Bloch told me. "It's one of those cultural shift things. My job is to push ideas for physician interventions around poverty. Bloch showed me a clinical tool used by primary care practices in Ontario that is based on strong evidence linking poverty to bad health outcomes.
The tool, a four-page brochure, is simple in design but powerful in concept. "You come at poverty from every possible angle," Bloch said.
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Bloch suggests asking if older patients have applied for all the supplemental income benefits they're entitled to or whether all patients have applied for drug benefits they may be eligible for.
While these seem pretty straightforward and useful, I wondered how many primary care docs in the U.S. have thought about asking similar questions. I don't know how many times I've heard physicians say they order prescriptions for expensive meds knowing that even cheap, basic antibiotics are out of reach for their patients. That's where the conversation ends, and so does care for those who need treatment.
I asked Bloch about the impact of his poverty tool, a simple paper brochure, in an age when the press, the public and the medical profession are focused more on shiny, new technology and drugs than the basics of life. He said this approach is "one of those snowball things that keeps rolling."


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Gary Bloch is a family physician with St. Michael's Hospital in Toronto.


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Gary Bloch

Dr. Gary Bloch is a family physician with St. Michael's Hospital. He is Chair of the Ontario College of Family Physicians' Committee on Poverty and Health. He played central roles in founding Inner City Health Associates (a group of physicians working with the homeless) and the advocacy group Health Providers Against Poverty. He is engaged in the development of clinical tools and the education of medical students, residents, and practicing family physicians on interventions into poverty. He works toward a reduction in the impact of poverty, homelessness and other social determinants of health, through engagement with his community of practice, health providers, medical organizations, the media, and policy makers. While he has engaged with issues of international health, his current geographic focus is on Toronto, Ontario, and Canada.


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Gary Bloch

Dr. Gary Bloch is a family physician with St. Michael's Hospital. He is Chair of the Ontario College of Family Physicians' Committee on Poverty and Health. He played central roles in founding Inner City Health Associates (a group of physicians working with the homeless) and the advocacy group Health Providers Against Poverty. He is engaged in the development of clinical tools and the education of medical students, residents, and practicing family physicians on interventions into poverty. He works toward a reduction in the impact of poverty, homelessness and other social determinants of health, through engagement with his community of practice, health providers, medical organizations, the media, and policy makers. While he has engaged with issues of international health, his current geographic focus is on Toronto, Ontario, and Canada.


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Gary Bloch

"If You Want to Help Me, Prescribe Me Money": Toward a radical rethinking of social issues in medical care
Income has an impact on health at least as large as smoking or diabetes. Yet most doctors do not see income as a medical issue. Gary Bloch will connect evidence to action, and propose a radical rethinking of the role of doctors in addressing income and other social issues that affect their patients' health.
Gary Bloch is a family physician with St. Michael's Hospital in Toronto. He is Chair of the Ontario College of Family Physicians Committee on Poverty and Health and a founder of Health Providers Against Poverty and Inner City Health Associates. He is an educator, advocate, and innovator, focused on reducing the impact of poverty and other social disadvantage on health.

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