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 Dan Weissmann (Marketplace, 99 Percent Invisible, Planet Money, Reveal).

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  • EtotheVee
    This show is FANTASTIC! I’m a nurse and this show makes learning about insurance entertaining -which helps me grow into an even better nurse! Thank you so much to the team responsible for this show.
  • Neato Feeto
    Good podcast, bad ads
    Love the podcast. 3 stars because the ads for the podcast against the rules are so repetitive and long. I have to go to my phone every 15 mins to skip the ad.
  • Ginagina Smith
    Feel better!
    Thanks for letting us know.
  • Bee Naush.
    Required reading
    So informative and essential for people who want to understand our healthcare system better and empower themselves with information to advocate for themselves. Thank you for doing this!
  • boccechamp
    Important and entertaining
    This is one of my all-time favorite podcasts! It offers useful, simple advice for anyone struggling to navigate the US healthcare system in an interesting and engaging format. I highly recommend it here and irl.
  • parkscdp
    Amazing show
    Great insights and useful information to change our healthcare from within the current system. Thanks so much Dan!
  • Shelllllaaaaa
    Great podcast
    Full of lots of useful information when dealing with insurance companies as well as stories of people going through the struggles of dealing with the inadequacy of the American healthcare system.
  • Biedronk
    One of a kind
    I am a physician in US. The Healthcare system here is unbelievable complex. I see how it just does not make sense. This podcast helps me to understand the details and provides me tools I share with my patients to help with medical bills. Great info, excellent reporting. Thank you!!!
  • miccoslays
    Can't believe how much I've learned about healthcare from this podcast!
  • ALwantsyoutoknow
    So fascinating
    The host does a great job of reporting on important issues in the healthcare industry. Each podcast episode is beautifully done and I'm left immersed in the story being told. Highly recommend!
  • jmart444
    Helpful entertaining
  • Don'tThinkTwice
    Incredibly valuable information we all need
    This podcast is an absolute game changer. Everyone will come to a point in their lives where they will absolutely need this information, and better to be prepared than wish you’d known it earlier. It has engaging journalistic stories with real people, experts, healthcare industry insiders and most importantly TIPS on how to navigate the painful and often downright fraudulent world of healthcare. I have had an unreasonable medical bill go to collections because I kept hitting dead ends with negotiation. If I had had heard this podcast back then I would have had the tools to resolve it! Do yourself a favor and listen to every episode.
  • lizfmom
    Love this show!
    I wish we didn’t need it, but this podcast is SO valuable. As a physician, I’ve learned so much from listening to this show about the financial side of healthcare, and especially about how to be a better advocate for patients, both professionally and in my personal life. Don’t miss an episode!! Thanks!
  • GardenMom56
    Love your show
    I really appreciate the information you provide to your listeners. I have a little bone to pick with your Andy Slavitt interview. I loved that he did your show with you and it seemed like you took some cheap shots. Unnecessary, he is a needed voice on Healthcare and a good ally. But overall love what you are trying to do.
  • Tae Adaeze
    Just Wow!
    This podcast is so informative. Rightfully so the stories and practices of our healthcare system invigorates anger, but this podcast has empowered me to fight even for the smallest thing. Keep up the great work.
  • Multiplyd
    An eye opener. Should be a required listening for adults
    I stumbled onto this show and became hooked enough to become a regular donor. It’s a candid, glaring insight into what American healthcare system looks and functions like. More importantly it tries to help you figure out how to deal with it. Dan (host) is easy to listen to, genuine and funny. I like his honest approach to the topics - no preaching or sugar-coating. Good work, Dan. I think you’ve created a legacy here.
  • another avis reader
    Best podcast
    I listen to many podcasts of all kinds. This is the best. I don’t need the practical stuff right now but I listen anyway. Makes me feel like the little guy can stand up to evil insurance companies. It has been 23 years since my dad died and his insurance company treated us like garbage. Until we have single payer, listen to Dan and friends.
  • Doc. S
    The podcast I wish I didn’t need
    Seriously, wish I didn’t need this podcast. I have Sweden but still face problems. Once you start digging into your health plan you realize nothing makes sense. Do they even understand what they are doing? I have used the information learned in this podcast multiple times. Keep up the great work.
  • Willow Reed
    Highest yield information
    I’m in the medical system and I can tell you that this information is important to know. Doctors act to help you but do so in a way so they aren’t sued. We know blood letting doesnt treat most diseases anymore but we still take blood every day for labs on top of labs. Do not let these bills ruin your life, become a healthcare ninja!
  • Dbohan
    Engaging and Informative, Great host
    Love the show, big fan from the start. Optimistic solutions for a dystopian system of healthcare.
  • KY med student
    Necessary Listening
    Wish we didn’t need this podcast but let’s be real. I’m a physician and even I can’t understand how to effectively battle the insurance industry for myself and my patients.
  • Urban-nomad
    I always learn something new from the show. I’m a physician and we do NOT learn about in medical school or residency. I believe in this so much I donate. Keep up the good work and fight!
  • Orin NJ
    Excellent and critically needed
    Great job
  • summergirl524
    Interesting, informative podcast
    This podcast uses storytelling to help inform consumers about insurance issues. Engaging! This topic is rarely investigated in such a detailed, interesting, easy-to-understand manner.
  • Jugamjuan
    Anyone with unfair medical bills should hear this (which is almost anyone in the US)
    We need more podcasts like this. The real life stories are very well prepared. This really empowers the public to be informed and prepared to take on unfair medical bills.
  • WWSmith
    Learn so you can act
    If the content of this show makes you uncomfortable or scared, do something about it. Health is a temporary condition; we will all face the battles described in this show some day. What do you want the deck to look like when it’s your turn to draw?
  • MountainsandWhiskey
    Health as a business vs health as a human right
    As a Brit living in the Us for 5 years the healthcare system here is incredible. Lots of unreasoned shouting ultimately controlled for the benefit of investors. I think on think is telling during this crisis- everyone in the UK is proud of the NHS and #protectthenhs and raising money for the nhs. There is nothing of the sort here. Is the NHS perfect, nope, but does it have the interests of the common people, yup. Do most people think it’s worth the $250 av from their paychec. Absolutely. Can’t say that about the $700 a month and $10000 deductible I have here.
  • BennettMadison
    More important now than ever
    Super smart and well-reported. It somehow manages to be an entertaining show about the cost of health care. Even now.
  • CaptainDarts
    Surprisingly not depressing!
    Dan really shines a light on so many bananas aspects of our healthcare system. Yet even though it is bleak, it never feels like all is lost. So much helpful and useful information in the show. I feel empowered now to take someone on should I ever get a surprise bill!
  • compteltech
    Very educational
    Learning something from every episode. Every adult in America needs to listen to this show. It can be eye-opening for people who have not had to use the healthcare system in our country yet. Highly recommend.
  • I'd rather not say987
    Insightful show!!!
    Such a great show. Dan makes a tough topic super listenable. I always learn something and feel more empowered after listening.
  • lindsayj26
    This podcast has become a great resource for me just starting to step into the adult world and take on my first jobs. Healthcare can be so confusing! It’s nice to know others are out there figuring it out with me.
  • seaweed north
    Finale 2019 Maple Grove, Indiana.
    My name is Marilyn Kahler and I’m a PA emeritus and do Clinical consulting for the Alaska PCA. I was touched especiAlly by this podcast. I’m dealing with a CHC in dire trouble in all areas. I will pass on your podcast to perhaps inspire the acting CEO. Not that it will help, per se, give him some home! All of the podcasts are timely and thought provoking. Thank you so very much!
  • Capitalist fan
    Not sure the point.
    There’s always some reductionist overly simplistic view on so many popular issues today. Lots of people peddle in this arena like Adam ruins everything or this show. There’s no shortage of problems in the current US system, but there’s plenty of problems in other systems too. Being outraged at some of these stories is a natural response to how people may be suffering. But assuming there isn’t another angle to these stories or that there’s always some evil cabal hidden somewhere that’s to blame is at best ignorant and at worst deceptive. This show has a strong political leaning that presumes that their side has understood it well. The closest I heard to an even-handed report that explained that at least in one case the opposition wasn’t some evil group in some smoke-filled room trying to profit off the backs of vulnerable people but a group of concerned citizens was the “Mom Vs. Texas” episode. However, be forewarned the host and his guest drop the F bomb numerous times. If you like that episode you’ll like the rest. In short if you absolutely hate the current US healthcare system and think it is, at its core, evil or corrupt then you will enjoy this show as it will affirm your view of the world and of your side in the political debate. If you think there’s more nuance to the world and to this debate and that not everyone on the other side is evil then at best you might find this show entertaining like I did but not informative nor helpful for discourse.
  • Newsie3
    Every healthcare provider needs to listen to this
    I’m a PA and this podcast has been so eye opening! We often forget about the financial burden of the decisions we make when we are helping patients. Patients shouldn’t have to chose between eating, housing, and healthcare and until medical providers start hearing the unintended consequences of treatment plans we make for patients we cannot change. Thank you for this podcast! Please keep it going!
  • Karome23
    Awesome podcast
    I love listening to your podcast. Thank you for your efforts to maybe bring some clarity to especially health insurance issues that I’m sure the majority of people have no clue about.
  • Ash906
    Very Infomative!
    Just listened to “Watch your Back” episode. It sparked my attention; because I do the billing and insurance for the neurosurgeons in my town. I agree with a lot of what they’re saying....HOWEVER; I want to clarify....when they talk about the doctors ALWAYS sending the patient for imaging (MRI, X-RAY, CT Scan, etc.) 99% of the time a patient gets sent for additional imaging In my’s NOT bc the doctor wants or needs’s because the patient’s insurance company refuses to pay any claim UNTIL they receive x-rays, or MRI, etc....even Though they may have very recent’s just not the TYPE of imaging that they want. It’s absolutely ridiculous!! After working in the healthcare industry, specifically in billing; I’ve come to realize that more times than not...the DOCTOR is the one to get the bad Rep with patients, when in reality it’s the INSURANCE company that causes all the issues.
  • David 1466
    Best of the Best
    Outstanding podcast that explores the confusing and expensive maze we call healthcare. Do you want useful and practical information? You have come to the right place. Superb.
  • jjninebigdog
    This is a must listen
    I knew we had problems with our healthcare but...this podcast lays out the painful truth of our situation through some excellent interviews of experts and touching true life stories.
  • Pepper9982
    Shout this from the rooftops!
    Everyone NEEDS to listen to this podcast! We NEED change! This is extremely informative and should be piped into Congress daily! Thanks for making me feel less alone navigating our health system!
  • DominicanRep
    Informative, insightful and unique
    Probably one of the best podcasts out there!
  • Mrs & Mrs Bickerson
    Sooo good
    I listen to tons of podcasts and this is one of the best. Medical costs are freakin maddening. Like really. Why do people get to profit from our suffering? How did we get to the point that drug companies don’t want to find cures for diseases because there’s no profit in it? This show makes me feel less alone in my rage and has some great advice about little things we can do that makes a difference.
  • Fattyprancer
    Learning a lot
    Making us all aware of what’s happening behind the healthcare curtain. If nothing else you should know what you would pay for a service. Scary. Learning so much!
  • kelleyjclausen
    Wow! Don’t always agree with BIG picture solutions, but WOW!
    Retired from the “benefits” business having worked different facets. Dan is bringing up angles and ideas that are extremely innovative and effective. He is uncovering areas that need antiseptic light I have seen as abusive and others that I only suspected were malfunctioning and craven. Don’t accept “single payer” solutions as the ultimate “fix-it,” but can see that perhaps only the Federal government is hefty enough to line up and reorganize the many, many players (among whom are many right minded and right performing entities sprinkled throughout... as is life... with bad actors... PBMs! I am looking at you!) At times a bit naive in broad brush strokes, for example, in assigning insurance companies and the like as heartless profit mongers, but even as I disagree to some extent, I accept that as the water temperature of the discussion. Hoping to see some practical solutions coming from innovative self funded benefit plans. They are imperfect but the crucible of effective real solutions in the car and mouse of health care. Essentially, this podcast is overdue and impressive. My somewhat inside experience makes me appreciate it that much more. Very worthwhile podcast!
  • catherine w..
    important & relevant
    Thanks so much for covering these important issues that so many people are facing now!
  • cho._.
    Excellent, infuriating, empowering
    This is the definition of good journalism! Dan & crew tackled the multi-tentacled monster that is the US healthcare system, and made it clear and understandable. They turned my insecurity and fear around medical billing into righteous anger! Most importantly, they tell these stories with the hope of empowering others to take action. Great job. Please listen!!
  • migney moo
    Certificate of need
    Please cover this scam. The lobbying power in healthcare is going to drive us into socialist medicine where we are less innovation , much higher taxes , longer lines and lower care. Obamacare was just an extension of Medicaid . The premium coverages are great as long as you get the subsidy if you don’t you can’t afford health insurance
  • annanathanson
    What if this podcast was a musical?
    This is amazing! Loved the episode on Heck No Techno — “What if this podcast was a musical?” Glad that Dan is illuminating the state of our healthcare system.
  • Cece.Rider
    "Like" "Like" "Like"
    Such interesting content but listening to this generation is painful. Do they know how to speak without sounding like idiots who overuse the word "like"? Listen to the same generation on any BBC podcast. No one, except Americans, uses the word.
  • Shubbles90
    Informative and Uplifting
    Dan covers the heavy topic of healthcare costs in a way that’s light enough to be uplifting. The stories shared speak truth in a way that makes me laugh, and sometimes cry. If you’re struggling with chronic health conditions, I highly recommend this show! You’ll most likely learn something, but more importantly, you’ll know you’re not alone when you are on the phone with insurance for hours on end :)
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