NBC Evening News for Tuesday, Jul 29, 1969
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(Studio) UAW (United Automobile, Aerospace and Agricultural Implement Workers of America) President Walter Reuther calls administration medical care proposals unrealistic. Says United States needs national health insurance Life-saving machines cost a lot of money.
REPORTER: Chet Huntley
(Tampa, Florida) Hospital intensive care unit shown. Dialysis treatments cost $132 day. Welfare pays $80 daily for Jo Ann Mazucci, but retired parents supposed to pay rest; they get less than $400 month [Mrs. Dominick MAZUCCI - says all hospital wants is money, money, money.] [MAZUCCI - says they put lien on house ] [Mrs. MAZUCCI - asks why should I lose my baby for $80?] [Hospital Admin. Howard LEHWALD - says hospital has to be reimbursed by someone.] [Dr. Robert PRICE - says if patients' bills not paid, hospitals will shut down.] [Dr. Lawrence KAHANA - says need government aid for costly care. Foresee dying patients being turned away over US.]
REPORTER: Bill Matney