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On this fourth episode of Health Care by the Numbers, our host Todd Searls interviews Dan Weissmann, creator and host of Arm and a Leg podcast. Since 2018, the Arm and a Leg podcast has brought entertaining and empowering stories of the spiraling costs of medical care. Before starting his podcast, Dan worked as a traditional radio journalist for outlets such as Marketplace and Planet Money. He won awards for investigative journalism, writing, and producing radio.  

We spend an enormous amount of money on health care in the United States - $3.8 trillion, or $11,582 for every American. What are we buying for that money? How is it that that United States spends twice as much per capita as other developed countries with often worse outcomes? Todd and Dan delve into these difficult questions. There is also a more personal consumer-focused side to health spending. Nearly twenty percent of American households have been sent to collections over medical debt. About 40% of American households would struggle to pay a $400 unexpected medical bill. How did we get here and what do we know about making our way out of this situation? Tune in to hear more of their discussion.  

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Dan Weissmann
Creator & Host, An Arm and a Leg Podcast
Dan Weissmann is a radio producer and reporter in Chicago. He’s got a strong nerd streak and an artsy side. He has won awards for investigative reporting, feature writing, column writing, and for producing and hosting live radio.
 
Dan has worked as a staff reporter for Marketplace and Chicago’s WBEZ, and his work has appeared on NPR’s Morning Edition, the BBC, the Center for Investigative Reporting’s show Reveal, and 99 Percent Invisible.
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Todd Searls
Vice President of Business Development, Sales, & Marketing

Todd Searls has 20 years’ experience serving healthcare communities of all sizes. He has led both his own and other Healthcare IT consulting companies, including leading a 250-client network of providers. He brings success in operations, marketing and sales, C-Suite and payor relationships. Todd has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Kansas. He lives in Lincoln, Nebraska.

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