A brilliantly named show with a simple mission: to get us all talking about the cost of health care. Season two includes an excellent series about how prices got so high in the first place, delving into MRIs, drug prices, insulin, and CPAP machines Ma’ayan Plaut "Best of 2019 So Far" Discover Pods
This show does some seriously good journalism about healthcare in a perfect balance between informative and entertaining. And this particular episode does a better job of explaining pharmacy benefit managers—the biggest, richest, middlemen nobody knows exist—than anything else I've seen on the topic. Erik The Jones Hurt Your Brian Newsletter
The podcast features investigative journalism, but it centers on Weissmann’s actual story, giving An Arm and a Leg the feel of something similar to creative nonfiction. It’s well-reported, but it’s also personal. It’s about a heavy, stress-inducing topic, but it’s also funny and casual. 1) It’s well-researched, showing many different sides and takes on the story, and 2)It sounds incredible. Wil Williams Discover Pods
About the show
A show about why health care costs so freaking much, and what we can (maybe) do about it. Hosted by award-winning reporter Dan Weissmann (Marketplace, 99 Percent Invisible, Planet Money, Reveal).
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I love this podcast. Intelligent reporting digging into the cost of health care in the US and the moving pieces that drive these. It’s a look into the why and how so we can start thinking about how best to organize for systematic change and equal access for the most disenfranchised in this country.— Evanflux
Real-life experiences and skilled reporting bring to life many of the issues Americans face when trying to access and pay for healthcare. Important listen, and the episodes are the perfect length, too!— Caroline86431
Stephanie Wittels Wachs has a daughter born with hearing loss, which is how she found out insurance didn't cover hearing aids for kids. Those start at $6,000 and only last a few years. …
The answer involves a suburban housewife, a 1970s TV star, and a Las Vegas maker of popcorn and nacho cheese sauce. Also: Wall Street.
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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.
I filled a prescription recently, and the drugstore said they wanted more than 700 bucks… for an old-line generic drug. My insurance ended up …
When you go to the hospital or emergency room, they hand you a form — sometimes called "consent to treat"... which also includes consent to PAY whatever your insurance doesn't happen to cover. Which can be a LOT. Happens more and more. So, here's some advice I've seen: That part that says you'll pay whatever? Cross it out. Or amend it to say "if the providers are in my insurer's network." Or just write "DID NOT READ" on the form. Basically, they say, "YOU'LL PAY WHATEVER WE CHARGE" and you're saying... There are legal experts out there who say... this could work. Or that you could just go to court later and sayL "Whatever I signed, it wasn't a valid contract. A valid contract requires, basically, a price. And WHATEVER WE CHARGE isn't a price." I would really, really like to talk with folks who have tried some version of this. This is for an episode coming up in Season 3.