An Arm and a Leg

An Arm and a Leg


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’...Show More

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3. How one drug got its $500,000 price tag. (With 99 Percent Invisible)

24:31 | Nov 14th, 2018

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. Fi...Show More

Is it ever appropriate to fudge a little? (Episode 8)

21:56 | Dec 19th, 2018

Bari Tessler is a little famous as a “financial therapist,” but even she gets rattled by the price of health care. Also: What my family is doing for health insurance next year. This is our Season One finale. Maybe you’d like to subscribe to our newsl...Show More

Why are ER bills so crazy? (with Sarah Kliff of Episode 7

20:06 | Dec 12th, 2018

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 pills...Show More

Why Health Insurance Actually Sucks

16:20 | Dec 5th, 2018

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. Investigative reporter Jenny Gold...Show More

Is the future of health care at the Renaissance fair?

15:27 | Nov 27th, 2018

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 th...Show More

4. Why you (and I) will likely pick the wrong health-insurance plan

18:36 | Nov 21st, 2018

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 to do wi...Show More

2. All the Marbles: One woman’s epic quest for health insurance

19:07 | Nov 14th, 2018

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: Twitter: http://twi...Show More

1. This is Water, and it sucks. Let’s talk.

19:50 | Nov 14th, 2018

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 swimm...Show More

A podcast about the cost of health care, coming November 2018

03:58 | Oct 11th, 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 podcast. He...Show More