Dan Gorenstein is the senior reporter for Marketplace’s Health Desk, covering the business of healthcare.

Prior to Marketplace, Dan spent more than 11 years at New Hampshire Public Radio. He got his start in journalism at the Chicago Reporter; an investigative journal that examines race and class disparities in the Chicago area. He’s won numerous national and local awards, including the Society of Professional Journalist Sigma Delta Chi investigative reporting award.

You can follow him on Twitter at @dmgorenstein.


Features by Dan Gorenstein

Cancer drugs are big money for big pharma

Amgen and AstraZeneca have both snapped up smaller firms that make cancer drugs.
Posted In: pharmaceuticals, cancer, drugs

'Trump University' sued for $40 million by New York attorney general

Donald Trump's for-profit university made false claims according to New York's attorney general.
Posted In: donald trump, Eric Schneiderman, for-profit colleges

Getting to know the sickest patients

Researchers are trying to understand why so-called "super utilizers" keep coming back to the hospital over and over again. Finding answers could cut health costs dramatically.
Posted In: Affordable Care Act, health care

Health benefits that you can reach out and touch

I've got a colleague at Marketplace who  has a well-deserved reputation for gathering great tape from the people she interviews. One trick, is that she swears by rolling tape at minute 1. (Jargon translation: Rolling tape means recording. So doing that from minute 1, means that by the time she gets out of the car, she's recording. The car door, the street sounds, and knocking on the door of the person she's about to interview, all that gets recorded.) 

Most days I've got a different approach. I prefer meeting my subject, spending some time sniffing them out -- and letting them sniff me out. My rationale is simple: That's what I'd want it if someone were sticking a big microphone in my face.

That said, I really wish I had done it the other way this week in Camden. I was interviewing 62-year-old Jackie Coleman. My tape recorder was off. My microphone wasn't in her face. And Coleman started talking about health insurance and what life used to be like without it. She says back in the late 1960s people in her neighborhood used to call Cooper Hospital 'PF.'

It stood for 'Poor Families.'

And Coleman says the hospital looked it. Coleman remembers being admitted to 'PF' back then and thinking about how ill-equipped and dirty the room felt. She says she actually was able to compare those rooms for 'poor families' with other facilities, because after she checked in, a friend -- who later became her husband of 20 years -- came to visit. He told the nurses they were already married, that she had insurance. 

Next thing she knows, nurses are coming up and taking her to a new room on the other side of the hospital. Coleman's new room: It had a TV and a bed you controlled with buttons. And even more than the amenities, the hospital room struck her because it was clean. So much cleaner than the wing she'd just been on.

Now, as a radio reporter, I live for powerful stories and anecdotes like this. I record them and use them in my stories. Not this time. But I do remember clearly what Coleman said when se walked into that new, clean room. 

"I've never seen anything like that in my life."

Another Obamacare delay: Out-of-pocket limits pushed to 2015

A key consumer protection of the Affordable Care Act that limits out-of-pocket expenses that a consumer might have to pay for their own health care has been pushed back until 2015.
Posted In: health care, Affordable Care Act, Obamacare

AmEx's plan to lure gamers: Partner with 'League of Legends'

American Express will reveal a line of "League of Legends"-themed debit cards, in which cardholders can earn rewards points for in-game currency.
Posted In: american express, league of legends, video games, gamification

Simple math adds up to a $147 million school

Atlanta is opening a brand-new school with a high price tag, including spending on a fancy cafeteria and gym.
Posted In: Atlanta, public schools

Setting up shop where the sick are

In Camden, NJ, one small doctor's office tries to make a big gain in holding down costs by moving closer to the sickest seniors.

Creating a healthier Camden

As the Affordable Care Act unfolds, we zero in on one city to cover the real-life impact of health care reform.
Posted In: camden, health care

Halliburton admits to destroying oil spill evidence

Halliburton will pay a $200,000 penalty, but says it will not face any criminal prosecution for the act.
Posted In: Gulf oil spill, Halliburton, deepwater horizon


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