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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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Episodes

California plans to make its own insulin and sell it super-cheap. Really.

This year, the state of California put up $100 million to produce its own insulin, and sell it for cheap.... more

29 Sep 2022 · 19 minutes
Congress fixed (a piece of) Medicare. It only took a few decades.

Lots of seniors have to pay thousands of dollars for drugs—even tens of thousands—or do without life-saving medicine. That’s finally... more

08 Sep 2022 · 26 minutes
The Medical-bill "Negotiation Lab"

It’s often possible to negotiate medical bills. It sounds hard — and it can be — but what if we... more

18 Aug 2022 · 23 minutes
The Genetic Testing ‘Bait-and-Switch’

Is it possible for a health care company to make enough people mad about their billing practices that it hurts... more

28 Jul 2022 · 18 minutes
One ER Doc’s Journey Through the Pandemic — and the Health Care System

Thomas Fisher is an emergency room doc in Chicago. His book, The Emergency, is an up-close chronicle of the COVID... more

07 Jul 2022 · 21 minutes
These docs are trying to kick private equity out of their ER

About a third of ER doctors now work for companies backed by private equity. A lot of those docs do... more

16 Jun 2022 · 21 minutes
Credit Where It’s Due

Credit reporting bureaus announced in April that they would start taking most medical debt off of people’s credit reports. At... more

26 May 2022 · 17 minutes
“The Golden Age of Older Rectums” (for investors)

A new golden age is dawning, and it starts where the sun don’t shine.A listener got a pricey quote for... more

05 May 2022 · 19 minutes
Sick Note, pt. 2: Dang

Dan’s COVID has hung on there for a while, kept him SUPER tired. Yoinks. Back in a couple weeks!Meanwhile, as... more

21 Apr 2022 ·
Sick Note: Dan has COVID. (He's fine, but ...)

Hey there — I got COVID a little before we were scheduled to tape this week's episode. Whoops! I'm fine... more

07 Apr 2022 · 2 minutes
An Arm and a Leg
California plans to make its own insulin and sell it super-cheap. Really.
An Arm and a Leg