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Medicare and Heart Transplants #317660

CBS Evening News for Wednesday, Sep 02, 1987
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(Studio: Dan Rather) Report introduced.

(Atlanta, Georgia: Bill Whitaker) Econ., medical and ethical questions raised by Medicare's new conditional policy on paying for heart transplants examined; details given, scenes shown. [Heart recipient Linda BLACK - feels she's been given a new life.] [Alvin MASSEY - notes family's need for Medicare coverage of father Herman Massey's transplant.] Medicare guidelines outlined on screen, discussed. [Health Care Financing Admin. spokesperson Dr. William ROPER - defs. criteria by which hospitals will be approved as transplant ctrs.] [Med. sociologist Roger EVANS - agrees.] Implications for patients in states not qualifying noted. [Dr. G. Lionel ZUMBROW - cites doctors' dilemma.] [Georgia PATIENTS - feel their lives have now been jeopardized.] [EVANS - responds.] [BLACK - is otimistic.]

Rather, Dan;
Whitaker, Bill

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