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Med. / Unnecessary Surgery / Physician Surplus #249371

CBS Evening News for Tuesday, Nov 01, 1977
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(Studio) Department of Health, Education and Welfare plan to cut down on unnecessary surgery by enabling Medicare recipients to get 2nd opinion detailed. Remarks of Department of Health, Education and Welfare undersecretary Hale Champion stated. Recent suggestions of physician surplus noted.
REPORTER: Roger Mudd

(NYC) (Films shown.) [Dwight EISENHOWER - cites need for medical schools.] [John F. KENNEDY - cites need for incrd. capacity of medical schools.] [Lyndon JOHNSON - cites need for more medical personnel.] Comparisons between number of medical schools, students and physicians in 1957, 1963, and 1965, respectively, and in 1977 listed. [Richard NIXON - cites proposal for incrd. aid to medical schools.] Amt. of medical school subsidies since 1971 noted. [Cornell School of Med. Dean Dr. Theodore COOPER - gives opinion of earlier projections on doctor shortages.] Contd. expansion of medical school enrollment and difficulty in getting to doctors in some areas of country cited. [MAN - welcomes class of medical students to Cornell.] Problems in doctor shortages in ID, SD, Arkansas, Mississippi and Alabama compared to that in Kuwait, and surplus of doctors in California, MD, New York, Massachusetts and Connecticut noted. Bureau of Manpower estimates on number of doctors by 1990, and other estimates of Americans' expenditures on health care and effect of so many doctors in country on economy detailed. [Princeton University economy Ewe REINHARDT - cites things involved in econ. questions on issues.] [American Medical Association Vice President Dr. James SAMMONS - cites AMA stand on issue.] Problems with regard to HEW's National Health Service Corps. detailed.
REPORTER: Richard Wagner

Mudd, Roger;
Wagner, Richard

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