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American Agenda (Money and Medicine: Health Insurance) #127898

ABC Evening News for Wednesday, Apr 11, 1990
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(Studio: Peter Jennings) Report introduced.

(No location given: Tim Johnson) Rationing of medical care by health insurance companies examined; details given of case in which insurance company refused to pay for breast cancer treatment prescribed for patient Patricia Sweeney at University of Nebraska Hospital. [Creighton University oncologist Dr. Henry LYNCH - says Sweeney needed bone marrow transplant.] Refusal of Sweeney's insurance company to pay for treatment, citing its experimental nature, noted. [Daughter Shara POTHOFF, Gerber/Prudential lawyer Tom JOHNSON - offer differing views on medical procedure.] Issue of what constitutes a medical "experiment" explored. [University of Nebraska oncologist Dr. Karel DICKE - comments on treatment data.] Course of Sweeney's lawsuit against Gerber/Prudential and of her illness detailed. [LYNCH - defends the medical plan.] [POTHOFF - says her mother died without the treatment.] Issue of money versus treatment reiterated.

Jennings, Peter;
Johnson, Tim

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