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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