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Med. Care of Elderly #293869

CBS Evening News for Wednesday, Oct 17, 1984
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(Studio) Report introduced
REPORTER: Dan Rather

(Miami Beach, Florida) Medicare's experimentation with health maintenance orgs. (HMOs) for providing low cost medical care to the elderly examined; TV commercials shown. Econs. involved outlined. [Health and Human Services Secretary Margaret HECKLER - supports concept.] [Representative Larry SMITH - cites potential for major catastrophe under HMO plan.] [WITNESS - describes scene critical of HMOs.] Focus of criticism of HMOs in Florida outlined, discussed. [Helen SPOSA - claims medical treatment was denied father-in-law, Lewis Sposa, by HMO.] Circumstances surrounding Lewis Sposa's death under treatment by International Med. Ctrs. (IMC) reviewed; IMC's delay in admitting Sposa to hospital until family agreed to bear financial burden despite its advertised promise of no cost for such treatments described. [Helen SPOSA - felt they had no choice.] [IMC spokesperson Dr. Jay SANDERS - denies Sposa's situation is IMC's policy.] State and fed. authorities reported investigating Florida's HMOs. [HECKLER - won't resist expanding HMOs nationwide despite Florida's experience.]
REPORTER: Jane Bryant Quinn

Quinn, Jane Bryant;
Rather, Dan

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