Getting in to see your doctor in a timely manner is a tough prospect for many Americans. In other countries, clinicians have taken matters into their own hands, providing treatment in corner shops, on railway tracks, even in the desert during the hottest hours of the day. Below, a smattering of images.
A woman prepares to swallow a live fish that has been dipped in homemade medicine during a camp in the southern Indian city of Hyderabad June 8, 2012. Every year in June, the Bathini Goud brothers from Hyderabad draw thousands to their camp to take part in the administering of the fish medicine, which they believe cures them of asthma and respiratory problems. (Krishnendu Halder/Reuters)
A customer undergoes a teeth whitening treatment in a smile shop in Nice. Clients bite on a gel-filled mouthpiece which reacts to the ultraviolet light in a 'bar a sourire' shop. (Eric Gaillard/Reuters)
Residents lie on railway tracks in Rawa Buaya in Indonesia's West Java province. The residents believe that the electrical energy from the tracks will cure them of various illnesses. (Enny Nuraheni/Reuters)
Mohmmed Emad, 41, lies buried neck-deep in the sand in the El Dakrror mountain area at Siwa Oasis, 700 km northwest of Cairo and 55 km to the Libyan border. The people in Siwa believe that being buried in the sand during the hottest time of the day is a therapeutic treatment which can cure rheumatism, joint pain and sexual impotency. (Nasser Nuri/Reuters)