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The Leonard Lopate Show

Surprise Medical Bills and Other Major Health Care Costs

Wednesday, October 01, 2014

New York Times reporter Elisabeth Rosenthal on why we're being billed for treatment by doctors we've never even met.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

The Cost of Prescription Drugs; Pianist Jeremy Denk Plays Bach; Counting Species in Central Park; Hackers on Trial; Attica Riots

Thursday, October 31, 2013

New York Times reporter Elisabeth Rosenthal explains why more and more Americans are turning to foreign pharmacies, where prescription drugs are much cheaper. Pianist and 2013 MacArthur Fellow Jeremy Denk performs live in our studio. We'll find out about the Central Park Bioblitz—a census of plant and animal life found there. And we’ll find out why, out of thousands of hackers, 14 are going on trial for targeting PayPal in December 2010. And we’ll find out about NY Attorney General Eric Schneiderman’s efforts to unseal documents about the riot at Attica prison in 1971.

The Leonard Lopate Show

Seeking Medical Care Overseas, at Lower Cost

Monday, August 12, 2013

Elisabeth Rosenthal talks about the high cost of hip and knee replacement surgery in the U.S., and the growing popularity of having surgery overseas. Her New York Times series, Paying Till It Hurts, is about the cost of medical care in the US. Her most recent articles are "In Need of a New Hip, but Priced Out of the U.S." and "The Growing Popularity of Having Surgery Overseas." She's joined by Michael Shopenn, who was the subject of her article.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Why Is Childbirth So Expensive in the United States?

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Weigh in: Did you have unexpected costs for maternal care? What was your experience paying for maternal health care?

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Health Care Cost; Mayoral Legacies; Dear Prudie Advice

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Jack Hidary, an independent candidate running for New York City mayor, talks about his decision to join the race without the backing of a party. Plus: WNYC’s Fred Mogul explains why health insurance prices may drop for individuals purchasing plans in New York State when the new health care exchanges go into effect this fall; the history and legacies of modern New York City mayors; and advice from Slate’s Emily Yoffe, aka Dear Prudence, on conflicts between adult children and their parents.  

The Leonard Lopate Show

Why Childbirth So Expensive in the US; Starting a Winery in France; the Novel On the Floor; Space Junk

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Leonard is back! He’ll speak with New York Times reporter Elisabeth Rosenthal about why it’s more expensive to give birth in the United than in the rest of the world. Ray Walker tells why—and how—he left a career in finance to start a winery in France. Aifric Campbell talks about her novel, On the Floor. We’ll find out about space junk and the problems it's causing.

The Leonard Lopate Show

The High Cost of Medical Care

Monday, June 10, 2013

New York Times reporter Elisabeth Rosenthal talks about why the United States leads the world in health expenditures, and looks at why health care is significantly more expensive here than it is around the world. Her article “The $2.7 Trillion Medical Bill,” in the Times Sunday, June 2, focuses on colonoscopies, the most expensive screening test that healthy Americans routinely undergo. It’s the first article in a series called Paying Till It Hurts: A Case Study in High Costs.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

The High Cost of Health Care; Family Stories; Jeffrey Sachs on JFK

Monday, June 10, 2013

New York Times reporter Elisabeth Rosenthal explains why colonoscopies have gotten more expensive, despite their becoming more commonplace, and how that’s driven up healthcare costs. Alysia Abbott talks about growing up with her openly gay father in 1970s and 80s San Francisco. David Berg tells of growing up with a troubled father and the 1968 murder of his brother. Economist Jeffrey Sachs on the foreign policy triumphs during John F. Kennedy’s presidency.

The Brian Lehrer Show

Help Us Find the Cost of Mammograms

Friday, May 03, 2013

We want to know what the provider charges and what's paid by insurance. In those numbers lies a story of the true cost of health care today. Fill out the form and help increase transparency in the health care market.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Mapping The Cost of Birth Control Pills

Friday, May 03, 2013

Why do birth control pill prices vary so widely? The Brian Lehrer Show and Clear Health Costs are partnering to gather information -- and increase transparency -- about the cost of some common items and procedures. Check out the birth control cost map, and find out about the next project to report on the true cost of mammograms.

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