An Arm and a Leg
By An Arm and a Leg
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No surprise, the cost of health care is… unhealthy. Reporter Dan Weissmann digs up revealing, surprising stories-- and some straight-up hacks-- that can help us get a little less scared and confused about the mess we’re in. We may be screwed, but we’re together. Let's talk
||CleanWhy are ER bills so crazy? (with Sarah Kliff of Vox.com) Episode 7||Emergency rooms often bill you a “cover charge” just for walking in the door, and it can be thousands of dollars. That’s in addition to the huge markup on everything that happens there: seven bucks for a band-aid. Twenty dollars for a couple of pi||12/11/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWhy Health Insurance Actually Sucks||Turns out, insurance companies allow — even encourage — crazy price-gouging by hospitals. For example, the leg brace Blake needed was available for $150 on Amazon. But thanks to his insurance, he paid more than $500.||12/4/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanIs the future of health care at the Renaissance fair?||The health-care system — especially the financial side — can feel like a Medieval torture device. So maybe it fits that workers from Renaissance fairs have come up with a work-around. In this episode I meet Robin Hood and a woman who has made more t||11/27/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean4. Why you (and I) will likely pick the wrong health-insurance plan||Because as smart economists recently proved) it is super-confusing, and most of us can’t do the math. But! We found glimmers of hope. So don’t be scared. We’d like to hear how you’re choosing your health insurance for 2019 — or are you going t||11/20/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean3. How one drug got its $500,000 price tag. (With 99 Percent Invisible)||The answer involves a suburban housewife, a 1970s TV star, and a Las Vegas maker of popcorn and nacho cheese sauce. Also: Wall Street. Produced with our friends at 99 Percent Invisible. Many thanks to Abbey Meyers, Joshua Schein, and Nora Guthrie.||11/13/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean2. All the Marbles: One woman’s epic quest for health insurance||Laura Derrick takes a drug that costs more than $500,000 a year. So when her family was going to lose their insurance, she made crazy sacrifices… and changed the course of history. Find Us Online Website: http://armandalegshow.||11/13/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean1. This is Water, and it sucks. Let’s talk.||When I first started talking about doing a show about the cost of health care… everybody had a story. Including me. It’s like that famous speech by the writer David Foster Wallace called This is Water. It starts with a joke about two young fish swim||11/13/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanA podcast about the cost of health care, coming November 2018||The spiraling cost of medical care shapes people’s lives: The jobs we’re afraid to leave because of insurance, the risk that a trip to the doc could end in bankruptcy. It’s not healthy. This is my story too, and that’s why I’m making this podc||10/11/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
Your missing to point
The question to ask is what is the profit margin. I am not a doctor but understand that medicine costs a lot of money...due to fixed costs and employees. Instead of mocking the cost, figure out ways to become more efficient. And tell people to stop going to the doctor for stupid things.
Refreshing podcast on broken system
This podcast is what we are missing. Why do we not talk more about this absurd healthcare system we have? Dan and his team do a great job at keeping the real human costs front and center while showing us the mechanisms that work to keep people sick, in debt, or killed. I look forward to every episode. Some even make me hopeful that things will change.
Such sharp reporting and interesting stories. Love the host!