Dr. Douglas Ferrago believes turning waiting rooms into mini Vegas-style casinos will inspire Americans to spend so much cash that the gambling money will pay for the health care.
Ferragos ideal waiting room would be dubbed Seizures Palace and include craps and poker tables, nurses dressed like Vegas showgirls, and a valium salt lick in the corner to keep kids in the room happy.
Like Vegas, Ferrago would pump oxygen into the room to accommodate non-smokers and would give away freebies like gambling chips to patients who pass their blood pressure and cholesterol exams.
Says Ferrago: My bet for health care reform is on this idea. Patients would be entertained and get free health care and I can oversee my medical casino like a big shot.
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