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(Studio: Dan Rather) Report introduced.
(DC: Susan Spencer) Significance for military's medical care system of court- martial of former Bethesda Naval Hospital director Dr. Donal Billig for killing several patients through incompetence examined; scenes shown. Prosecution's argument and Billig's response outlined. [Lily GRUBB - blames mil. for allowing Billig in service.] Grubb's husband William said among those Billig's accused of killing. President Reagan recalled receive medical care at Bethesda. [Senator James SASSER - believes Billig illustrates military's general incompetence in medical and lack of safeguards.] [Judith BURKE - equates military med. system with cattle market; cites her case as example] Mil.'s misdiagnosis of Burke and consequences for her explained. Findings of military audits of medical system last year outlined on screen. No. military doctors having no state license mentioned. [Former Navy physician Dr. Lawrence FINK - recalls his experience with military medical system.] Pentagon's recent changes listed on screen. [SASSER - is encouraged at progress so far.] (Artist: Don Juhlin)
- Rather, Dan;
- Spencer, Susan
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