And tonight's Brief But Spectacular features pediatrician Lucy Marcil,who integrates free tax and financial services into her care for patients and their families as a way to help improve their overall health.People trust their doctor. We ask them really intimate questions all the time.You know we ask them about sex, about mental health, about alcohol use.But I bet, if you think about your own experiences, you have probably never had your doctor ask you how much money you make.If you have less money, you have worse health outcomes in almost any disease you can think of.Poor children in the U.S. die at higher rates. They are one-and-a-half more likely to die. They're twice as likely to be hospitalized.So, it really is a health issue, and it's negligence on our part not to be asking about it.I had a mom in clinic last week who is trying her best to raise two lovely kids, but she's been homeless.She's been in several abusive relationships. She's encountered mental health problems.And, as a result, it's been hard for her to keep steady jobs. With her, for instance, I asked her, Have you filed your taxes?She said: I'm not going to. I only made $3,000 last year. And I was able to explain to her how, if she did file,the U.S. government would give her $1,200, which would be a third of her annual income.So that's just a small example of the way in which we try to prescribe tax preparation as a health intervention in pediatric clinics.We found that 60 percent of the families we serve have never heard of the Earned Income Tax Credit.