(LAIST) Dr. Coley King of the Venice Family Clinic is one of a growing number of medical professionals making house calls to the homeless.
Instead of trying to powerwash the problem away, California's hospitals, public health departments, and homeless service organizations are increasingly sending trained health practitioners into homeless encampments in a quest to improve health outcomes for individual homeless people.
"Western medicine is very much built around the ideal care for the ideal patient. Most of these folks are not in the ideal situation," said King. "We can make some compromises that still do good medical care and get them to a very good average. It's better to take half of your medicine than none of your medicine."
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