The Woodhull Hospital in Brooklyn lets artists, actors, and dancers pay for medical treatment in unconventional ways:
The artists provide a wide range of imaginative services, she said. One artist, trained in yoga breathing and self-soothing, helps breast-cancer patients remain calm and centered while they are waiting to be seen. Others might read to pediatric patients in that waiting room. An actor might put on role-playing sessions for staff, helping them rehearse how to break bad news to patients and loved ones. An upcoming program will have photographers taking pictures of newly-borns to give to the mother as a thank-you for choosing Woodhull hospital.
...For each hour they devote to helping the hospital, they earn enough credits to pay for two medical visits.