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Med. Costs #278475

CBS Evening News for Thursday, Jul 23, 1981
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(Studio) Extent of United States health care costs in gross national product this year noted.
REPORTER: Dan Rather

(Minneapolis, Minnesota) Competitive medical, as means of controlling skyrocketing med. costs, examined; Minneapolis-Saint Paul medical care atmosphere cited as ex. Health maintenance orgs. (HMO) explained, discussed. [Dr. Paul ELLWOOD - notes physician's role in HMO.] HMO plan offered by Honeywell noted. [Karen WAHLBERG - praises idea.] Local medical society, originally opposed to HMO, said forming its own due to popularity of concept; TV commercial shown. [Dr. Richard SIMMONS - hopes to halt exodus of patients from private physicians.] Med. inflation rate for average United States city compared on screen to that for twin cities area. [American Medical Association spokesperson Dr. Joseph BOYLE - warns against prepaid plan's quality of service.] [Hospital administration Jerry JORGENSEN - notes impossibilities.] Impact of HMO on Read family cited. [Karen READ - credits HMO with her child.] Sherry Andrus mentioned, shown.

Brady, Ray;
Rather, Dan

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