How many chickens does it take to pay for a cardiogram? Republican Senate candidate Sue Lowden has become the butt of many jokes for her suggestion that patients should barter chickens for health care. But one Nevada doctor says bartering isn't such a far-fetched idea. She says she's traded her services for yard work and hay. We talk to her about bartering with your doctor on KNPR's State of Nevada.
GUEST: Dr. Robin Titus, family physician and former Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate
She thinks bartering will work in Las Vegas?Riiiiiight! Lemme just call my doctor and ask if HE will take my dog in exchange for a checkup. For a doctor, she certainly does not espouse educated, 21st century solutions. Of course, live Lowden, she was also a Republican candidate for Senate, so what would you expect? George Quin –Apr 29, 2010 09:31:45 AM
Tort Reform??? Is the Doctor aware that Nevada's new tort reform law has PREVENTED the victims of teh endoscopy center malpractice from being able to collect enough monies to pay for the damage doctors did to THEM??? She she wants MORE of this "Tort Reform"??? She just wants to be able to practice medicine without reprocussions for her mistakes!!!Mel Wilborne –Apr 29, 2010 09:26:08 AM
I thought the topic was 'bartering for health care'? Why is the host allowing this doctor to keep ripping the new health care bill without challenging her on her assumptions? She is not sticking to the topic!Howard from Searchlight –Apr 29, 2010 09:22:46 AM
If bartering is only a good idea for a small amount of people as Dr. Titus says, why does the doctor think that Sue Lowden is touting this as a great idea for all of Nevada? She is running for federal statewide office, so Lowden must think this is a good idea for at least a moajority of her possible constituents-the people of this state. It seems that Lowden is forgetting that most of the poeple in this state live in metropolitan areas that would not accept bartering.Mike Long –Apr 29, 2010 09:20:37 AM
Can the doctor honestly state with a straight face that offering live animals in exchange for hospital care is such a good idea for so much of the country that it should be a platform plank in a serious candidate's fun for a national office such as U.S. Sentate?
Has she ever called the businesses that she relies on for medical supplies in her practice and offered animals to them as payment for medical supplies? If so, what was their response? In not, why is it a good idea for patients but not for doctors? Bill in Boulder City –Apr 29, 2010 09:07:17 AM
How in the world are we supposed to take Dr. Titus's opinion regarding bartering livestock for medical proceedures as anything other than biased TOWARD Sue Lowden? Dr. Titus is a former Republican candidate for Senate! OF COURSE she supports Sue Lowden's idea!
James –Apr 29, 2010 09:02:49 AM