Hospital bills piling up? Can you paint? Draw? Sculpt? Dance? Sing? Act?
At Lincoln Medical and Mental Health Center in the Bronx, you can whack $40 off your health bill for each hour you spend working on a mural or offering some other artistic service. (The AP video above tells the story.)
Hold up, though: You have to be an uninsured person making a living as an artist to register for the bartering program, called the Lincoln Art Exchange, the press release explains. Actors, musicians, poets, dancers and writers can all qualify.
“For example,” the release explains, “for every hour of musical performances, painting a mural or any other creative activity or service, the artist earns 40 “health credits” (the equivalent of $40) toward medical care.”