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American Agenda (Medicine: High Cost of Health Care) #128298

ABC Evening News for Monday, Apr 30, 1990
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(Studio: Peter Jennings) Consumer group Citizen Action said pointing out that Americans have the highest medical bills in the world.

(No location given: Tim Johnson) Basic review of where the medical dollar goes featured; details given of impact of explosion of medical technology since World War II. [Liver transplant recipient Cynthia WALKER - comments.] [American Medical Association Dr. William HENDEE - says we have the finest technology.] Trends in health costs outlined on screen. Analysis given of belief that many tests and procedures have little or no benefit; examples cited. [Beth Israel-Boston Dr. Benjamin SAChigh school - says fetal monitoring has not improved care, but has raised costs.] [Dr. Mark CHASSEN - says a lot done in medicine has no benefit.] Controversial political plans to limit costs noted; details given of approach to medicine in Oregon whereby state now refuses to pay for most organ transplant surgery. [Walker's doctor Stephen WOODS - talks about her case.] National trend towards rationing health care reiterated.

(Studio: Peter Jennings) Tomorrow's segment on medical care costs previewed.

Jennings, Peter;
Johnson, Tim

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