CBS Evening News for Tuesday, Mar 29, 1983
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(Studio) President Reagan's boast that recent consumer price index figs. reflect successful war on inflation recalled; extent of rising medical costs last year noted.
REPORTER: Charles Kuralt
(Miami, Florida) Hospital Corporation of America's impact on role of for-profit chain hospitals in nation's health care examined. ["Dun's Bus. Month" spokesperson Clem MORGELLO - praises HCA.] [Dr. Richard CAPUTO - notes astronomical prices at private hospital chain.] Caputo's efforts to save patients' money described. [CAPUTO - recalls hospital's criticism of him for helping patients economically.] Florida's private chain hospital prices noted. [Former private hospital administration Doug. COONEY - explains leaving corp.] Pvt. hospitals' defense of system outlined. [For-profit hospital spokesperson Michael BROMBERG - thinks system benefits consumer.] Lucille Trenell's 2-day bill at Southeastern Med. Center noted. [Dr. Morton HALPERN - can't conceive of Trenell's chgs. in such short time; cites specific items on bill.] [Center spokesperson Thomas WILSON - dismisses innuendos.] Southeastern noted owned by Beverly Hills-based American Med. International corporation [WILSON - defs. hospital chgs.] Southeastern's bill compared to comparable chgs. by Jackson Memorial Hospital; details outlined on screen. [WILSON - conts. defense] State's assessment of for-profit hospitals in Florida, incl. Southeastern, detailed.
REPORTER: Steve Kroft