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Med. Costs / Maryland Family #446732

NBC Evening News for Thursday, Jul 31, 1969
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(Studio) 3rd report on rising medical costs.
REPORTER: David Brinkley

(Silver Springs, MD) Ted Schmidt lives here with family. Earns $18,000 yr., but wife bedridden for 3 years with multiple sclerosis. He's going broke. Ins. pays point of bills, but it will run out in few mos. 4 children living with friends. [SCHMIDT - says had full family life until she got sick. No agencies have provisions for taking care of someone who makes as much as I do. I'm a good guy, hard worker, and tax payer, and I get no help. I'm slightly bitter. Had $12,000 savings few years ago; no more, Ins. runs out in 6 mos. I'll have to sell home, put wife in nursing home, and shop out kids, and get apt. Could break even. If I get sick, it will end family.]
REPORTER: Liz Trotta

Brinkley, David;
Trotta, Liz

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