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Medicare #301198

CBS Evening News for Friday, Nov 08, 1985
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(Studio) Report introduced
REPORTER: Dan Rather

(DC) Impact of changes in Medicare designed to improve program's econs. on quality of health care provided under it examined. [Texas medical ctr. spokesperson Dan NIELSEN - cites hospital's loss on one patient under Medicare.] [American Med. Association spokesperson Dr. Lonnie BRISTOW - criticizes new system.] Findings of recent American Medical Association survey on quality of health care under Medicare budgets outlined on screen. [Dr. Jerry WALDYKE - notes hospital's subtle emphasis on cost of treating patients.] Waldyke's experience with late patient Ross Batzdorfer cited as example [Ellen BATZDORFER - recalls husband's concern before he died over hospitals' refusal to treat him.] [Leona HUBBARD - describes doctor's pressure on her to leave hospital due to Medicare.] [Health Care Financing Admin. spokesperson McClain HADDOW - defs. system.] Govt. said considering imposing same system on doctors fees.
REPORTER: Susan Spencer

Rather, Dan;
Spencer, Susan

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