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Musicians, artists barter for health care
San Francisco Chronicle

Jason Russo, a 37-year-old singer and guitarist from Brooklyn, hasn’t had consistent health care since he was a teenager. In October, he saw a doctor in an unconventional setting: a gig in Kingston, N.Y., 90 miles north of New York City. Russo was one of 70 musicians and artists who bartered their creative services for medical care at an event called the O+ Festival.

“It was kind of an amazing thing to sit down with a regular doctor,” he said. “Doctors are humans, it turns out. They enjoy rock music and art.”