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A Closer Look (Medicine: Managed Care Lawsuit) #182857

ABC Evening News for Thursday, Jan 21, 1999
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(Studio: Peter Jennings) Statistics on consumers' views of their HMOs noted.

(Los Angeles: Brian Rooney) The court ruling in the case brought by the family of stomach cancer patient David Goodrich against the Aetna health maintenance organization examined; details given of charges that he died because Aetna delayed care and refused treatment. [Plaintiff Teresa GOODRICH - cites the burden of having to fight for his care.] [Plaintiff's attorney Michael BIDART - cites the HMO's financial view.] [Juror Kelley SCHWARTZKOPF - says Aetna wrote off the ill man.] [California Association of Health Plans Walter ZELMAN - cites review system.] [Aetna chief medical officer Dr. Arthur LIEBOWITZ - responds.]

(Studio: Peter Jennings) Report introduced.

(No location given: Terry Moran) Laws that make it nearly impossible to sue an HMO examined; details given of a provision prohibiting suing insurance providers. [Columbia Law School professor William SAGE - says circumstances have changed since the law was signed.] [Representative Charles NORWOOD - explains a revised law proposal.]

Jennings, Peter;
Moran, Terry;
Rooney, Brian

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