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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.

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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.

Locked In

Aug 22, 2018
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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.

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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.

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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.

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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, and why insulin is so expensive.

These are stories of the difficult and sometimes shocking things people do to work around the American healthcare system.