Saturday, December 18, 2010

Getting medical care for peanuts. No, really, getting medical care for peanuts..It is a sign of the times...

This is what happens in the extreme when people and institutions lose faith in the currency.  Zimbabweans have essentially abandoned their currency and are using various commodities for exchange purposes.  Local heathcare providers have established a price list  that gives a commodity-to-US Dollar "exchange rate"...See photo below...

NYTIMES: Zimbabwe Health Care, Paid With Peanuts

""People lined up on the veranda of the American mission hospital here from miles around to barter for doctor visits and medicines, clutching scrawny chickens, squirming goats and buckets of maize. But mostly, they arrived with sacks of peanuts on their heads....""


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