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American Agenda (Medicine: Doctors' Joint Ventures) #135623

ABC Evening News for Thursday, Jun 06, 1991
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(Studio: Peter Jennings) Report introduced.

(No location given: Tim Johnson) Doctors and lucrative diagnostic tests examined; scenes shown from Titusville, Florida, where local doctors set up a joint venture diagnostic facility to compete with the city's only hospital. [Hospital board chairman Ted RUTA - says it costs hospitals revenue.] [Disguised local OBSERVER - says poor black patients get lesser care because the joint venture owns the only MRI machine.] Costs due to doctor-owned diagnostic facilities and how the patient is exploited detailed; landmark study in "New England Journal of Medicine" cited. [MRI investor Dr. Gary BELAGA - defends making money.] ["New England Journal of Medicine" Dr. Arnold RELMAN - says joint ventures need to be made illegal.]

Jennings, Peter;
Johnson, Tim

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