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An Arm and a Leg
An Arm and a Leg
An Arm and a Leg

A show about why health care costs so freaking much, and what we can (maybe) do about it. Hosted by award-winning reporter... more

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To get health insurance, this couple made a movie

Last fall, actor-writers Ellen Haun and Dru Johnston were hustling to get their health insurance sorted out for 2023. To... more

16 Nov 2023 · 18 minutes
“Your Money or Your Life”: Dr. Luke Messac’s book on the history of medical debt

In 2019, Dr. Luke Messac was a medical resident who found himself spending his day off in a courthouse archive.... more

02 Nov 2023 · 25 minutes
Paging Dr. Glaucomflecken: Presenting “The Nocturnists - Conversations: Will & Kristin Flanary (The Glaucomfleckens)”

First: an update on our recent two-parter with the writer John Green, about the global, decades-long fight to make an... more

19 Oct 2023 · 1 hour, 4 minutes
John Green vs. Johnson & Johnson (part 2)

This is part two of our globe-spanning story about drugs, patents, and YouTube megastar John Green. Quick recap: In our last... more

28 Sep 2023 · 26 minutes
John Green vs. Johnson & Johnson (part 1)

This episode  is special. When we heard that widely-beloved writer John Green was rallying his online community  around a fight... more

07 Sep 2023 · 22 minutes
Something's coming, something good.

Hey there— our next story is gonna take a little more time to cook, but it is going to be... more

17 Aug 2023 · 3 minutes
How to Get a Surprise Bill on Your Way to the Hospital

For a year and a half now, the No Surprises Act has protected patients from some of the most outrageous... more

27 Jul 2023 · 19 minutes
Wait, what’s a PBM (and how do they work)?

If you’ve been told your insurance won’t cover your meds — or that you’re gonna have to pay an arm... more

06 Jul 2023 · 21 minutes
Credit Card, Please

A listener’s doctor wanted her credit card info up front — before her appointment. She wondered: Do I need to... more

15 Jun 2023 · 21 minutes
A ‘payday loan’ from a health care behemoth

When a New York doctor tweeted recently about “payday loans” for doctors from a branch of UnitedHealth Group — which... more

25 May 2023 · 22 minutes
An Arm and a Leg
To get health insurance, this couple made a movie
An Arm and a Leg