The Workaround

The Workaround
Stories of the difficult and sometimes shocking things people do to workaround the American healthcare system.

A Rare Kind Of Hunger
Sep 5, 2018 • 31 min
People with rare metabolic disorders need medical foods to keep from going hungry, but costs and regulations mean some go without or have to find a workaround. Music used in this episode: Fingernail Grit , Time Waste , The Dirty , Chrome Muffler , Pulsars…
A Tale Of Two Organs
Aug 29, 2018 • 28 min
Nearly 100,000 people are waiting for a kidney transplant in the U.S. Many will never get one but some doctors have found an innovative solution. Music used in this episode: Massive , Chrome Muffler , Back Stairs , Refraction , The Dirty , Golden Hour ,…
Locked In
Aug 22, 2018 • 31 min
Our prison population has been rapidly aging for years, and the additional care these elderly inmates require is expensive. But some prisons have created a surprising way to work around these costs. Music used in this episode: Massive , Chrome Muffler ,…
Street Treatment
Aug 15, 2018 • 32 min
Buprenorphine is an FDA-approved medication used to treat opioid addiction, but it can be hard to get. That leaves some people suffering from addiction with a choice: keep using, or get buprenorphine on the black market. Music used in this episode:…
Locked Out
Aug 8, 2018 • 30 min
Children with severe mental illnesses encounter many barriers to treatment. But some parents have discovered a workaround of last resort: they can trade custody for treatment. Music used in this episode: Am-Trans , Submerging Blue-Black , The Dirty ,…
The High Price Of Insulin
Aug 1, 2018 • 32 min
For many people, life goes on after a diabetes diagnosis. But for others, the high price of insulin has forced them to devise dangerous and sometimes deadly workarounds to make ends meet. On this episode: the lengths to which some diabetics go to survive,…
Introducing ‘The Workaround’
Jul 25, 2018 • 1 min
These are stories of the difficult and sometimes shocking things people do to work around the American healthcare system.