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A Closer Look (Medicine: Future Practice) Part I #184837

ABC Evening News for Monday, Feb 22, 1999
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(Studio: Peter Jennings) Statistics on managed care programs cited.

(Minneapolis: Michele Norris) The health care problem that patients do not see doctors until they are in a medical crisis examined; details given of the aim of managed care to teach patients how to manage chronic diseases such as diabetes. [Diabetes amputee Keith WELTER - says the doctors did not explain the consequences of diabetes.] [HealthPartners CEO George HALVORSON - cites damage prevention.] The approach of HealthPartners in working to educate patients in between doctors visits explained. [Diabetes Care Improvement Project Dr. JoAnn SPERL-HILLEN - comments on controlling disease.]

(Studio: Peter Jennings) Report introduced.

(Wilmington, DE: John Cochran) The plight of elderly Medicare Americans abandoned by their HMOs featured; one couple's story updated {See story on October 13, 1998}. [Otto and Lolo HEIDLINGER - talk about the care for Lolo's recurring breast cancer; worry about their second HMO dropping out.]

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

Cochran, John;
Jennings, Peter;
Norris, Michele

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