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American Agenda (Medicine: Drug Companies and Medicaid) #134214

ABC Evening News for Tuesday, Apr 02, 1991
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(Studio: Peter Jennings) Report introduced.

(Brownsville, Texas: George Strait) Decision by drug industry to end discounts it has been giving veterans since World War II examined. [Senator David PRYOR, Veterans Administration's Raymond ZLAMAL, Anthony PRINCIPE - talk about drug price boost.] Last year's passage of a law requiring drug companies to give Medicaid discounts recalled; details given of how drug companies have exploited a loophole in the law and shifted costs. [Pharmaceutical Manufacturers Association PRESIDENT - responds.] [PRYOR - says drug industry is greedy.] Likely price increases for health maintenance organizations (HMOs) and small health clinics cited. [Health care lobbyist Leslie ROSE, clinic director Paula GOMEZ - comment.]

(Studio: Peter Jennings) Study finding that Medicaid program pays doctors less than other health insurers noted.

Jennings, Peter;
Strait, George

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