An Arm and a Leg

By An Arm and a Leg

A show about the cost of health care that’s more entertaining, empowering, and occasionally useful than enraging, and terrifying and depressing. Reporter Dan Weissmann digs in to show how we got into this crazy mess and how we just might live through it.

  1. 1.
    Revisiting insulin, as relevant (and expensive) as ever
    31:06
  2. 2.
    A legal strategy for erasing billions in medical debt— that works—from a 60-second video.
    26:29
  3. 3.
    A former "bad guy" lawyer shows us how the dark machinery works. And our rights.
    24:04
  4. 4.
    Mini-episode: Two small doses of good news
    10:50
  5. 5.
    A 21st-century Christmas Carol: How one Scrooge became a health-care whistleblower
    21:58
  6. 6.
    From our reporter's notebook: What we learned in 2020, and what's ahead, with T.K. Dutes
    23:29
  7. 7.
    Fight! My family tries to pick health insurance for next year. COVID makes it harder.
    19:13
  8. 8.
    Andy Slavitt gives us a COVID check-in from 40,000 feet
    27:54
  1. 9.
    How to avoid a big bill for your COVID test: with Sarah Kliff of the New York Times
    21:51
  2. 10.
    How to Keep Cool in a Tough Moment: A self-defense expert breaks it down
    27:57
  3. 11.
    David v Goliath: How to beat a big hospital (using small claims court)
    22:35
  4. 12.
    How to handle debt collectors, with the TikTok Mom and a legal expert
    28:09
  5. 13.
    Your TikTok Mom has some medical-bill tips, and a hell of a story
    25:07
  6. 14.
    A Blast of Hope and Humanity: Here's what perseverance looks like
    29:40
  7. 15.
    She tangled with health insurance every day for 25 years. And loved it. Here's what she can teach us.
    25:30
  8. 16.
    How to fight like a bulldog (against bogus medical bills)
    23:18
  9. 17.
    Financial self-defense school, now in session: Make your own luck.
    27:39
  10. 18.
    We’re back! Dealing with the cost of health care seems pretty relevant right now.
    2:06
  11. 19.
    The hug shortage, the new abnormal, and the $7,000 COVID test. What we've learned in SEASON-19
    22:12
  12. 20.
    How Katelyn survived COVID—without going bankrupt. (Not easy. She has tips.)
    21:54
  13. 21.
    From inside the health insurance company: Angst, and advice we can use.
    16:32
  14. 22.
    The severe, weird recession... in health care. And what it means for our wallets
    18:12
  15. 23.
    COVID tests are free, except... when they're not
    21:13
  16. 24.
    Like a fire with no one to call: 'We've left no latent capacity in health care.'
    17:05
  17. 25.
    If I get COVID-19, what good will my insurance do me?
    32:04
  18. 26.
    Makers unite: Speeding PPE to a COVID hospital
    20:55
  19. 27.
    Whoa. Welcome to SEASON-19
    1:42
  20. 28.
    Reporter's Notebook: What we've learned so far, and what's ahead.
    33:45
  21. 29.
    Watch Your Back: Outwitting the Back-Pain Industry
    29:00
  22. 30.
    Christmas in July
    26:17
  23. 31.
    This hospital sued thousands of patients — until a reporter called them out.
    23:21
  24. 32.
    Can they freaking DO that?!?
    27:39
  25. 33.
    Why can't they tell you the price upfront?
    26:22
  26. 34.
    Health Care: The Musical
    22:17
  27. 35.
    My Neighbor the Health-Care Ninja
    29:52
  28. 36.
    Mom vs. Texas
    28:53
  29. 37.
    Hey there! Season 3 is coming November 14. Here’s a preview.
    2:23
  30. 38.
    A place where they do health care more cheaply and effectively. (And yes, it’s in the U.S.)
    22:58
  31. 39.
    An actor walks into a doctor’s office…
    17:57
  32. 40.
    Whoa, this medical device is spying on me. In my sleep. So my insurer can deny me coverage.
    16:58
  33. 41.
    The surprising history behind insulin’s absurd price (and some hopeful signs in the wild)
    26:36
  34. 42.
    Coming next week: The price of insulin
    1:53
  35. 43.
    Why are drug prices so random? Meet Mr. PBM
    18:29
  36. 44.
    How much for an MRI? Well, that depends…
    22:00
  37. 45.
    To get paid, hospitals get creative
    15:31
  38. 46.
    We thought we had adulted properly
    23:30
  39. 47.
    We’re back! Here’s a taste of Season 2, launching June 4.
    2:07
  40. 48.
    A “deal” on health insurance comes with troubling strings
    22:04
  41. 49.
    Why are ER bills so horrible? Sarah Kliff spent a year finding out. (Season One, episode 7)
    19:27
  42. 50.
    Why Health Insurance Actually Sucks (Season One, episode 6)
    16:33

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