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#105 Planet Money: Insurance For A Hedgehog

October 17th, 2009

Episode 198 of 902 episodes

On today's Planet Money: We give a sneak preview of our upcoming This American Life special on health insurance. How much would you pay to protect someone or something you love? Kristin Zorbini Bongard and her husband love their pet hedgehog, Harriet, so much that they spend about $80 a year on health insurance for her. Even with the coverage, they shelled out $1,911.20 for the hedgehog's cancer treatment. Economist Tim Harford, the Financial Times' Undercover Economist, who admits to not being a pet person, says the problem with pet insurance is not that it's for pets. It's that it causes waste, because you're spending someone else's money.