When patients barter for health care

Dr. Fizzy McFizz

Here’s the famous TV interview response that arguably cost Republican challenger and former state senator Sue Lowden the nomination to run for the 2010 U.S. Senate election in Nevada.  When asked about a mildly eccentric suggestion she had previously made that patients should haggle and barter with their doctors to save money on their medical bills, Lowden replied:

“You know, before we all started having health care, in the olden days, our grandparents would bring a chicken to the doctor. Or they would say ‘I’ll paint your house’.

“In the old days, that’s what people would do to get health care with their doctors.”

But it turns out that her “bring a chicken to the doctor” suggestion may not have been all that goofy after all.  Continue reading