In Ventura County, Modglin administers tuberculosis medicine to infected patients. Health officials there are worried about the illness — especially some cases that appear drug-resistant — and believe paramedics are in the best position to help stop its spread by providing patients with pills each day at their homes.
This may be useful during times when paramedics are idle, however sudden emergency 911 calls may divert these first responders to a timely call. Using paramedic-firemen seems to be a shortcut that will fail.
In addition to that who reimburses for the preventive medicine care? Is this a public service ordinarily paid for by the taxpayer. Does the insurance company save money by cost shifting to the tax payers?
New breed of paramedics treats patients before emergencies occur - LA Times