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(Studio) Anticipated Medicare trust fund deficit mentioned; recommendations of Senator John Heinz to improve program listed on screen, discussed.
REPORTER: Dan Rather
(Houston, Texas) Role of sophisticated medical technology in prolonging life noted. [Policy analyst Ronald BAYER - feels this is the first generation of elderly in America that don't have to live in fear of illness.] Portion of gross national product going for health care annually, include that for Medicare, graphed on screen; economy implications of improved medical treatment for society's ethical considerations in assigning benefits examined. John Dillon's case cited as example [DILLON - feels all medical treatments should be available to everyone.] [Dr. William HAZZARD - thinks that's a fantasy as opposed to reality of society making choice in denying treatments.] [Earl EWING - considers not extending life of elderly such as himself as solution.] [HAZZARD - questions prolonging life versus postponing death.] [BAYER - thinks nation has to accept death.]
REPORTER: Ed Rabel
- Rabel, Ed;
- Rather, Dan
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