Is patient bartering gaining traction?

Nevada Senatorial hopeful Sue Lowden came under fire during last year's election campaign for suggesting that patients barter chickens for healthcare. However, two new reports suggest that bartering is tentatively gaining traction in the healthcare industry. In one instance, a New York event had artists swapping their wares for services such as blood work and eye exams. In another instance, a clinic in Maine is swapping landscape and other services for appointments with its staff physicians.

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