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Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Barter sometimes allow patients to pay for health care they otherwise could not afford

By Consumer Reports
Published: September 30

Here is an excerpt:

Avitzur, who is medical adviser to Consumer Reports, recommended pool therapy, and the patient responded to it like the proverbial fish to water, shedding all his excess weight and experiencing periods of pain relief for the first time in years. But his insurance benefits for physical therapy ran out, and he couldn’t afford to continue. Avitzur suggested that he offer to help out as a therapy assistant in exchange for free use of the pool, and the pool manager accepted the deal.

Resorting to the age-old art of bartering has helped at least some of the nearly 49 million Americans who are uninsured and the millions more whose health benefits are so skimpy they often can’t afford care.

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