An Arm and a Leg

By An Arm and a Leg

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notestown
 Dec 3, 2018
These stories are so relatable. Who hasn't dealt with some insane healthcare bill. And the host does a really nice job...


 Nov 24, 2018

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

Episode Date
Why are ER bills so crazy? (with Sarah Kliff of Vox.com) Episode 7
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 huge markup on everything that happens there: seven bucks for a band-aid. Twenty dollars for a couple of pills. Reporter Sarah Kliff has collected more than a thousand ER … <a href="https://armandalegshow.com/why-are-er-bills-so-crazy-with-sarah-kliff-of-vox-com-episode-7/" class="more-link">Continue reading<span class="screen-reader-text"> "Why are ER bills so crazy? (with Sarah Kliff of Vox.com) Episode 7"</span></a>
Dec 12, 2018
Why Health Insurance Actually Sucks
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. Investigative reporter Jenny Gold’s work helps us understand how that kind of thing happens. She compares health care to … <a href="https://armandalegshow.com/why-health-insurance-actually-sucks/" class="more-link">Continue reading<span class="screen-reader-text"> "Why Health Insurance Actually Sucks"</span></a>
Dec 05, 2018
Is the future of health care at the Renaissance fair?
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 and a woman who has made more than $2 million in medical bills… disappear. Also, you’ve started … <a href="https://armandalegshow.com/is-the-future-of-health-care-at-the-renaissance-fair/" class="more-link">Continue reading<span class="screen-reader-text"> "Is the future of health care at the Renaissance fair?"</span></a>
Nov 27, 2018
4. Why you (and I) will likely pick the wrong health-insurance plan
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 2019 — or are you going to do without? — and what you’ve learned from past mistakes. … <a href="https://armandalegshow.com/4-why-you-and-i-will-likely-pick-the-wrong-health-insurance-plan/" class="more-link">Continue reading<span class="screen-reader-text"> "4. Why you (and I) will likely pick the wrong health-insurance plan"</span></a>
Nov 21, 2018
3. How one drug got its $500,000 price tag. (With 99 Percent Invisible)
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 our friends at 99 Percent Invisible. Many thanks to Abbey Meyers, Joshua Schein, and Nora Guthrie. Find Us Online Website: http://armandalegshow.com Twitter: http://twitter.com/armandalegshow Instagram: http://instagram.com/armandalegshow Facebook: http://facebook.com/armandalegshow About Us … <a href="https://armandalegshow.com/3-how-one-drug-got-its-500000-price-tag-with-99-percent-invisible/" class="more-link">Continue reading<span class="screen-reader-text"> "3. How one drug got its $500,000 price tag. (With 99 Percent Invisible)"</span></a>
Nov 14, 2018
2. All the Marbles: One woman’s epic quest for health insurance
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 changed the course of history. Find Us Online Website: http://armandalegshow.com Twitter: http://twitter.com/armandalegshow Instagram: http://instagram.com/armandalegshow Facebook: http://facebook.com/armandalegshow About Us Host: Dan Weissman (www.danweissmann.com) Editor: Whitney Henry-Lester (thedarlingkiller.com) Consulting Producer: Daisy Rosario (@RunDMR) Social … <a href="https://armandalegshow.com/2-all-the-marbles-one-womans-epic-quest-for-health-insurance/" class="more-link">Continue reading<span class="screen-reader-text"> "2. All the Marbles: One woman’s epic quest for health insurance"</span></a>
Nov 14, 2018
1. This is Water, and it sucks. Let’s talk.
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 the writer David Foster Wallace called This is Water. It starts with a joke about two young fish swimming along. An older fish passes by and says, “Morning … <a href="https://armandalegshow.com/1-this-is-water-and-it-sucks-lets-talk/" class="more-link">Continue reading<span class="screen-reader-text"> "1. This is Water, and it sucks. Let’s talk."</span></a>
Nov 14, 2018
A podcast about the cost of health care, coming November 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 end in bankruptcy. It’s not healthy. This is my story too, and that’s why I’m making this podcast. Here’s what I’ve got in mind. An Arm and a … <a href="https://armandalegshow.com/a-podcast-about-the-cost-of-health-care-coming-november-2018/" class="more-link">Continue reading<span class="screen-reader-text"> "A podcast about the cost of health care, coming November 2018"</span></a>
Oct 11, 2018