How many chickens for a 7-day linezolid course?

Like many, I’m intrigued by the health care reform proposal recently put forward by a Nevada Senate candidate. The proposal calls for a return to the barter system for health care delivery. There are only a few problems. One recent analysis concluded that basing such a system solely on chickens would be impossible, given the sheer number of chickens required.

Another shortcoming--what to do about adverse events and nosocomial infections? Shouldn’t a patient also receive goods or services if he or she is harmed during the delivery of health care? I can see it now…returning home after a hospital stay complicated by a nosocomial infection, you discover that the hospital has sent someone over to paint your house…


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