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A Closer Look (HMO Nation: Medicare For The Elderly) Part II) #176506

ABC Evening News for Tuesday, Oct 13, 1998
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(Studio: Peter Jennings) The second segment in the series on managed health care introduced.

(Wilmington, DE: John Cochran) The Medicare crisis for America's elderly examined; details given of the trend of HMOs dropping Medicare coverage. [Elderly couple Otto and Lolo HEIDLINGER - worry about medical coverage.] [American Association of Health Plans Karen IGNANI, President CLINTON - comment.] The likelihood that part of the budget surplus will have to be spent on Medicare noted.

(Studio: Peter Jennings) Report introduced.

(Saint Louis: Erin Hayes) The quality of medical care under the managed care system examined; details given of the doctors' views on how managed care often conflicts with patient care. [Saint Louis Medical Association president Dr. K. Lynne MORITZ, Dallas physician Guy CULPEPPER, Doctors Robert GUNBY, Lee RIGG, Garry VICKAR, Gordon GOLDMAN - criticize the HMO system.] The issue of doctors' independence to make decision about patient care reviewed. [Doctors Heather SOWELL, Jonathan SHELDON - comment.]

(Studio: Peter Jennings) Tomorrow's segment previewed.

Reporter(s):
Cochran, John;
Hayes, Erin;
Jennings, Peter
Duration:
00:05:40

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