Pod­cast digs into what’s be­hind the mys­ter­ies of health­care costs

Modern Healthcare - - Outliers -

Amer­i­cans are scram­bling to choose open-en­roll­ment health­care plans that give them the most bang for their buck, but that can be dif­fi­cult with­out the right ex­per­tise. A new pod­cast aims to help con­sumers fig­ure out how to “get even a lit­tle bit less-screwed” nav­i­gat­ing the health­care sys­tem.

“An Arm and a Leg” is hosted by vet­eran pub­lic-ra­dio re­porter Dan Weiss­mann. As Weiss­mann shares sto­ries from those with unique, yet com­mon, health­care mishaps, his fam­ily’s ex­pe­ri­ence sets the scene of the show. “Weiss­mann and his fam­ily are still fig­ur­ing out their own health in­sur­ance plans for 2019, in a house­hold with two self-em­ployed par­ents and a 9-year-old son, each with a mix of pre-ex­ist­ing con­di­tions,” ac­cord­ing to the show’s web­site.

A team of three will pro­duce the eight-episode se­ries weekly un­til Dec. 18. So far the show has ex­plored the lengths one woman took to ob­tain health­care for fam­ily mem­bers, who were all newly di­ag­nosed with vary­ing con­di­tions. An­other episode looks into how one drug got a $500,000 an­nual price tag—and how the late Jack Klug­man, a ’70s TV star, played a de­ci­sive role in pass­ing the Or­phan Drug Act.

“As a re­porter, I’ll bring my skill at find­ing and telling re­veal­ing, sur­pris­ing sto­ries,” Weiss­mann said. “But the project’s ul­ti­mate fo­cus is bring­ing peo­ple to­gether.” ●

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