Embracing a little of the 'Patch Adams' spirit, the Woodhull Hospital in Brooklyn, New York has decided to implement an interesting initiative at the benefit of local artists. Although all art forms are an admirable calling, sometimes they simply don't pay the bills. More often than not, artists are self-employed as well, with no insurance for emergencies.
The Woodhull Hospital has come up with a trade-off that will alleviate this conundrum: art for health care. For instance, Amy Duquette, the Artist Access Program Coordinator at Woodhull hospital, explains, "An actor might put on role-playing sessions for staff, helping them rehearse how to break bad news to patients and loved ones."
Bartering Health Care
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