Dan is a veteran reporter for outlets like Marketplace, 99 Percent Invisible, Planet Money, and Chicago’s WBEZ.
Recent episodes featuring Dan Weissmann
Watch Your Back: Outwitting the Back-Pain Industry
Cathryn Jakobson Ramin, an investigative reporter with a bad back, spent years researching the $100-billion back-pain industry. She found that the most commonly-prescribed treatments, including surgery, frequently do not work — and often leave people a lot worse off. She also learned what does work. Whenever someone I know says their back is killing them, I send them a link to Ramin's 2017 book, Crooked: Outwitting the Back Pain Industry. In this episode, we hit the highlights of Ramin's findings. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Christmas in July
How one family's tragedy became, decades later, a $1 million gift to their neighbors. This story has everything: Laughter. Tears. Family. Community. Generosity. Softball. AND: Punk rock. John Oliver. A taco bar. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
This hospital sued thousands of patients — until a reporter called them out.
They say the problem with relying on journalists to embarrass providers into caving on crazy bills is, there aren’t enough journalists to go around. Fair. But sometimes journalists can scale up.In Memphis, reporter Wendi Thomas found that the city’s biggest hospital routinely sued its patients over unpaid bills, despite making tidy profits. The hospital even sued its own badly-paid employees — a fact Thomas said was immediately visible just by visiting the court house. “You saw them, there, in their scrubs,” she said. “I could see their [hospital] badge clipped to the front of their uniforms.”The injustices were stark. “The defendants are just outmatched,” Thomas said. “They don't have the resources of a billion dollar hospital with its own collection agency and attorneys.”Thomas did such a good job making a stink about it that after a couple of months, the hospital dropped more than 6,500 lawsuits, and erased the debts.“Shame is a powerful motivator,” said Thomas. “It just is. And the hospital didn't look good, so they had to address it.” For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Pontius Pilate, Democrat
On the Gist, the third impeachment in U.S. history.In the interview, Mike talks to reporter Dan Weissmann about the cost of healthcare, the horror stories of people navigating the complicated system, and what at all can be done to fix it. Dan’s healthcare podcast is An Arm and a Leg.In the spiel, Jesus and Trump.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Can they freaking DO that?!?
A woman got a bill from a medical testing lab she’s never heard of, for $35. Then, a follow-up bill said if she didn’t pay up right away, that price was going up — WAY up: to $1,287.Which raises a question that comes up a LOT with medical billing: Can they freaking DO that?!?Can some random lab hit you up for money — and then threaten you with a late fee of more than $1,000??On this episode, we go find out.This was fun. We'll do it again. Next time you want to know, Can They Freaking DO That?!? ... get in touch.Also: We get into a whole story in this episode about "surprise billing" — and as we were publishing this episode, news was breaking. We've got an update at https://www.patreon.com/armandalegshow For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
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15 hours, 41 minutes