You’re helping us shape Season 3

August 28, 2019
smartdataseo
Uncategorized

You’re helping us shape Season 3: Here’s some of what we’re learning About 500 of you responded to our listener survey, and you are amazing. I mean, to start with: you are SO NICE. Here’s a small selection of things you’re saying you get from the show: My sense of hopeful outrage I guess Because…

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Episodes of An Arm and a Leg

August 12, 2019
smartdataseo
drug pricing, health insurance, hospital bills, Uncategorized

Season 1: Fall/winter 2018 Episode 1: This is Water, and it sucks. Let’s talk. The cost of health care is like water. We’re all surrounded by it. We don’t even see it anymore. And why am I making this show? Episode 2: All the Marbles: One woman’s epic quest for health insurance Laura Derrick takes a drug…

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A place where they do health care more cheaply and effectively. (And yes, it’s in the U.S.)

July 31, 2019
danweissmann
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For our Season 2 finale, time for some inspiration. For 30 years, James Gingerich has run a super-effective clinic in Indiana, delivering great results at low cost — to high-need, low-income patients. He’s not a modest guy, and two of his brags stand out — as a study in contrasts. One is a quote from…

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An actor walks into a doctor’s office…

July 24, 2019
danweissmann
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Researcher Saul Weiner has been sending fake patients — actors, wired for sound — into real doctors’ offices, to learn about what actually happens, especially: How well doctors really listen to their patients. He’s tallied up what doctors miss (a lot), and how much it costs (ditto).  In today’s episode, we hear what actually happened…

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Whoa, this medical device is spying on me. In my sleep. So my insurer can deny me coverage.

July 17, 2019
danweissmann
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That’s the rude awakening Eric Umansky got when he called the company that provided his CPAP machine — a device that helps him breathe at night. He got mad. And he got even, in a way: Eric is an editor at the non-profit newsroom ProPublica, and he tipped a colleague —Marshall Allen, who covers health…

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The insane, surprising history behind insulin’s crazy price (and some hopeful signs in the wild)

July 10, 2019
danweissmann
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The price of insulin is iconic — doubling, tripling, multiplying like crazy, for medicine Type 1 diabetics can’t live without. To understand it, we went back almost 100 years and dug up a story of sweaty Canadian researchers — swatting away flies and doing business with probable dog-nappers, on the way to a Nobel Prize……

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