The Nocturnists is a live storytelling show and podcast where doctors share personal stories about their life in medicine. The podcast is beautifully produced and flips the doctor-patient relationship on its head a little by allowing us to hear what our doctors are experiencing. In this interview, Emily Silverman, the creator and host of the podcast and an academic hospitalist at the Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital, shares the story behind The Nocturnists.
Health insurance and the cost of healthcare in the US is complicated, to say the least. Coverage, co-pays, in-network, out-of-network, HSAs, deductibles, and universal codes: it seems like you need a PhD just to figure out how much you’ll be charged to get a checkup (let alone get treatment for a life-threatening illness). Dan Weissmann knows this first-hand. He quit his insurance-providing job to do his own thing and in the process he has found himself navigating the healthcare minefield. He’s documenting this journey, talking to experts, and telling patient stories on his new podcast, An Arm and a Leg. Dan was kind enough to give me some of his time to tell me more about his podcast.