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‘An Arm and a Leg:’ Inside A New Podcast About The Rising Costs Of Healthcare

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"An Arm and a Leg" is a new podcast about the costs of healthcare produced by reporter Dan Weissman in partnership with Kaiser Health News.

The cost of healthcare in the U.S. has become so untenable that many news outlets now highlight outrageous medical bills – like a $100,000 heart attack or $56,000 ambulance ride in Texas.

But what about the people stuck with costs that aren’t as shocking, but are still really tough to pay? For them there’s a new podcast called An Arm and a Leg, by former NPR reporter Dan Weissman. In partnership with Kaiser Health News, he just launched season two, with more interviews about surprise medical bills and experts weighing in on how our healthcare system came to be so costly.

Listen to the interview with Weissman about what inspired the podcast, what he’s trying to achieve with it, and why this whole topic is personal for him.

Kerry Klein is an award-winning reporter whose coverage of public health, air pollution, drinking water access and wildfires in the San Joaquin Valley has been featured on NPR, KQED, Science Friday and Kaiser Health News. Her work has earned numerous regional Edward R. Murrow and Golden Mike Awards and has been recognized by the Association of Health Care Journalists and Society of Environmental Journalists. Her podcast Escape From Mammoth Pool was named a podcast “listeners couldn’t get enough of in 2021” by the radio aggregator NPR One.
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