Lawyers and Doctors Partner to Help Patients

Lawyers and doctors are finding some common ground in clinics and hospitals across the country, according to NPR. In an Ohio women’s clinic, doctors are studying how adding lawyers to the health care team can help improve patient care. Meredith Watts is an attorney for Community Legal Aid, a nonprofit that gives free legal help to low-income people, but works out of the clinic. Watt’s role on the team is to help solve issues outside a doctor’s control -- such as anxiety over an eviction -- that might affect a patient’s health. "It's exciting to be able to do what we think of as preventative law, rather than always being crisis intervention because you can help something not happen, before it becomes a crisis.” explained attorney Marie Curry who runs the medical-legal partnership.