Doctors Without Dollars

With diminishing fees and burdensome regulations showing no signs of abating, the world of alternative medical income is exploding

Illustration for TIME by Gary Taxali

Removing hair from unmentionable parts of ladies in Westchester County is how my friend Jerry spends a good part of his week. Not that there's anything wrong with that, except Jerry (not his real name) is a cardiologist, trained at one of the finest medical programs in the country. Trained to save lives. His expertise is the complex and delicate management of congestive heart failure, but he gets paid a lot more to do a laser Brazilian.

Another friend tells me about the "magnetized" water and testosterone ointment he sells to folks who have seen his antiaging ads in shopping circulars....

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