Bartering for medical service on the rise

August 12, 2009 5:54:09 AM PDT
Doc, do you accept veggies?

Lots of folks are side-stepping the high cost of health care by bartering.

Robert Josefs of New Jersey traded his Web site design skills for nearly $1,000 in dental work.

Johanna Nichols barters her organic vegetables to offset her family's high health insurance deductibles.

Nichols' osteopathic physician is Susan Osborne, who has a bartering clinic in Floyd, W.V. Osborne says she's accepted everything from firewood to violin lessons in exchange for medical services.