An Arm and a Leg

By An Arm and a Leg

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Subscribers: 686
Reviews: 9
Episodes: 121

Andrew Fox
 Jan 10, 2023
fantastic idea for a podcast and some really great content but there is like one real episode every few months.

 Dec 24, 2020
This is a podcast that all Americans should listen to. Lots of great info about how to navigate our healthcare system, whether you have insurance or not. And yet presented in a way that makes it fun to listen to.

 Jul 4, 2020

 Jul 5, 2019

 Jun 15, 2019
Love this show! Makes a difficult topic approachable and even darkly funny and entertaining. Love the host!


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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Episode Date
The Hack
Apr 11, 2024
Son of Medicare: Attack of the Machines
Mar 21, 2024
The Medicare Episode
Feb 29, 2024
Wait, is insulin cheaper now?
Feb 08, 2024
Self defense 101: Keeping your cool while you fight
Jan 18, 2024
One last tip before 2024
Dec 28, 2023
When hospitals sue patients (part 2)
Dec 21, 2023
When hospitals sue patients (part 1)
Dec 07, 2023
To get health insurance, this couple made a movie
Nov 16, 2023
“Your Money or Your Life”: Dr. Luke Messac’s book on the history of medical debt
Nov 02, 2023
Paging Dr. Glaucomflecken: Presenting “The Nocturnists - Conversations: Will & Kristin Flanary (The Glaucomfleckens)”
Oct 19, 2023
John Green vs. Johnson & Johnson (part 2)
Sep 28, 2023
John Green vs. Johnson & Johnson (part 1)
Sep 07, 2023
Something's coming, something good.
Aug 17, 2023
How to Get a Surprise Bill on Your Way to the Hospital
Jul 27, 2023
Wait, what’s a PBM (and how do they work)?
Jul 06, 2023
Credit Card, Please
Jun 15, 2023
A ‘payday loan’ from a health care behemoth
May 25, 2023
Mental health ‘ghost networks’ — and a ghost-buster
May 03, 2023
A $229,000 medical bill goes to court
Apr 13, 2023
A doctor’s love letter to ‘the People’s Hospital’
Mar 23, 2023
Lessons from “wrestling with a giant”
Mar 02, 2023
The bill looked like BS. So she took it to small claims court.
Feb 09, 2023
Can They Freaking Do That?!? (2023 Edition)
Jan 19, 2023
2022 in Review
Dec 29, 2022
Like pulling teeth.
Dec 19, 2022
The best video about health insurance, ever
Dec 01, 2022
Health insurance post-Roe, and a grassroots network of abortion funds
Nov 17, 2022
A listener asks: Could NOT having insurance be a better deal?
Nov 03, 2022
Quick update from Arm and a Leg HQ
Oct 20, 2022
California plans to make its own insulin and sell it super-cheap. Really.
Sep 29, 2022
Congress fixed (a piece of) Medicare. It only took a few decades.
Sep 08, 2022
The Medical-bill "Negotiation Lab"
Aug 18, 2022
The Genetic Testing ‘Bait-and-Switch’
Jul 28, 2022
One ER Doc’s Journey Through the Pandemic — and the Health Care System
Jul 07, 2022
These docs are trying to kick private equity out of their ER
Jun 16, 2022
Credit Where It’s Due
May 26, 2022
“The Golden Age of Older Rectums” (for investors)
May 05, 2022
Sick Note, pt. 2: Dang
Apr 21, 2022
Sick Note: Dan has COVID. (He's fine, but ...)
Apr 07, 2022
Fighting for the Right to Help
Mar 24, 2022
Swimming with sharks
Mar 10, 2022
Introducing: Half Vaxxed
Feb 24, 2022
Introducing: Last Day
Feb 10, 2022
Meet your new rights under the No Surprises Act
Jan 27, 2022
2022 update: How to avoid a big bill for your COVID test (feat. Sarah Kliff)
Jan 13, 2022
Our Year in Review, with members of the Arm and a Leg team
Dec 30, 2021
Why rapid COVID tests are so freaking expensive
Dec 20, 2021
Fighting with health insurance is easy (for Jacqueline Fox)
Dec 09, 2021
How to avoid the crappiest health insurance.
Nov 24, 2021
The Insurance Warrior takes on a $61B Company
Nov 11, 2021
Meet the Insurance Warrior
Nov 01, 2021
We spend 12 million hours a week on the phone with health insurance
Oct 14, 2021
Wait, that was legal until now?!?
Sep 30, 2021
"We just kept right on pushing"
Sep 16, 2021
The wild backstory of a tiny but crucial Obamacare provision (ft. David Axelrod)
Sep 02, 2021
A legendary lawyer sued hospitals for price-gouging their patients. And got his butt handed to him.
Aug 19, 2021
We’re back! Starting Aug 19. And we’ve got some doozies for you.
Aug 05, 2021
Badass volunteers help Jared level up, in the fight to crush medical debt
Jul 15, 2021
A whole book about fighting effed-up medical bills? Yes, please.
Jun 30, 2021
Want to write a killer letter to insurance? Meet Jeannine.
Jun 09, 2021
Mini-episode: One guy skirts a medical-bill trap, and shares the secret.
May 19, 2021
Why picking the right insurance is so hard (bonus/encore)
Apr 28, 2021
Programming note: We're working on some cool new stuff.
Apr 07, 2021
Who's been trying to cash in on COVID vaccinations? (And how did racism help them out?)
Mar 17, 2021
Revisiting insulin, as relevant (and expensive) as ever
Feb 25, 2021
A legal strategy for erasing billions in medical debt— that works—from a 60-second video.
Feb 11, 2021
A former "bad guy" lawyer shows us how the dark machinery works. And our rights.
Jan 28, 2021
Mini-episode: Two small doses of good news
Jan 14, 2021
A 21st-century Christmas Carol: How one Scrooge became a health-care whistleblower
Dec 29, 2020
From our reporter's notebook: What we learned in 2020, and what's ahead, with T.K. Dutes
Dec 18, 2020
Fight! My family tries to pick health insurance for next year. COVID makes it harder.
Dec 11, 2020
Andy Slavitt gives us a COVID check-in from 40,000 feet
Dec 04, 2020
How to avoid a big bill for your COVID test: with Sarah Kliff of the New York Times
Nov 23, 2020
How to Keep Cool in a Tough Moment: A self-defense expert breaks it down
Nov 12, 2020
David v Goliath: How to beat a big hospital (using small claims court)
Oct 29, 2020
How to handle debt collectors, with the TikTok Mom and a legal expert
Oct 15, 2020
Your TikTok Mom has some medical-bill tips, and a hell of a story
Oct 01, 2020
A Blast of Hope and Humanity: Here's what perseverance looks like
Sep 17, 2020
She tangled with health insurance every day for 25 years. And loved it. Here's what she can teach us.
Sep 03, 2020
How to fight like a bulldog (against bogus medical bills)
Aug 20, 2020
Financial self-defense school, now in session: Make your own luck.
Aug 06, 2020
We’re back! Dealing with the cost of health care seems pretty relevant right now.
Jul 27, 2020
The hug shortage, the new abnormal, and the $7,000 COVID test. What we've learned in SEASON-19
May 27, 2020
How Katelyn survived COVID—without going bankrupt. (Not easy. She has tips.)
May 20, 2020
From inside the health insurance company: Angst, and advice we can use.
May 13, 2020
The severe, weird recession... in health care. And what it means for our wallets
May 06, 2020
COVID tests are free, except... when they're not
Apr 29, 2020
Like a fire with no one to call: 'We've left no latent capacity in health care.'
Apr 22, 2020
If I get COVID-19, what good will my insurance do me?
Apr 15, 2020
Makers unite: Speeding PPE to a COVID hospital
Apr 06, 2020
Whoa. Welcome to SEASON-19
Mar 30, 2020
Reporter's Notebook: What we've learned so far, and what's ahead.
Feb 14, 2020
Watch Your Back: Outwitting the Back-Pain Industry
Jan 02, 2020
Christmas in July
Dec 26, 2019
This hospital sued thousands of patients — until a reporter called them out.
Dec 19, 2019
Can they freaking DO that?!?
Dec 12, 2019
Why can't they tell you the price upfront?
Dec 05, 2019
Health Care: The Musical
Nov 27, 2019
My Neighbor the Health-Care Ninja
Nov 21, 2019
Mom vs. Texas
Nov 14, 2019
Hey there! Season 3 is coming November 14. Here’s a preview.
Oct 31, 2019
A place where they do health care more cheaply and effectively. (And yes, it’s in the U.S.)
Jul 31, 2019
An actor walks into a doctor’s office…
Jul 24, 2019
Whoa, this medical device is spying on me. In my sleep. So my insurer can deny me coverage.
Jul 17, 2019
The surprising history behind insulin’s absurd price (and some hopeful signs in the wild)
Jul 10, 2019
Coming next week: The price of insulin
Jul 03, 2019
Why are drug prices so random? Meet Mr. PBM
Jun 26, 2019
How much for an MRI? Well, that depends…
Jun 19, 2019
To get paid, hospitals get creative
Jun 12, 2019
We thought we had adulted properly
Jun 04, 2019
We’re back! Here’s a taste of Season 2, launching June 4.
May 23, 2019
A “deal” on health insurance comes with troubling strings
Dec 19, 2018
Why are ER bills so horrible? Sarah Kliff spent a year finding out. (Season One, episode 7)
Dec 12, 2018
Why Health Insurance Actually Sucks (Season One, episode 6)
Dec 05, 2018
So, Robin Hood’s got an approach to medical bills. (Season One, episode 5)
Nov 27, 2018
Why you (and I) will likely pick the wrong health-insurance plan (Season One, episode 4)
Nov 21, 2018
How one drug got its $500,000 price tag. (With 99 Percent Invisible– Season One, episode 3)
Nov 14, 2018
All the Marbles: One woman’s epic quest for health insurance (Season One, episode 2)
Nov 14, 2018
This is Water, and it sucks. Let’s talk. (Season One, episode 1)
Nov 14, 2018
A podcast about the cost of health care, coming November 2018
Oct 11, 2018