An Arm and a Leg

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A podcast. Because we need to talk about the cost of health care

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

October 11th, 2018

3:58

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 …

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

November 14th, 2018

19:50

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 …

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

November 14th, 2018

19:07

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 …

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

November 14th, 2018

24:31

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 …

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

November 21st, 2018

18:36

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 …

Is the future of health care at the Renaissance fair?

November 27th, 2018

15:27

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 …

Why Health Insurance Actually Sucks

December 5th, 2018

16:20

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.

Why are ER bills so crazy? (with Sarah Kliff of Vox.com) Episode 7

December 12th, 2018

20:06


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 …

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

December 19th, 2018

21:56

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.

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