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Special Report / Malpractice #483397

NBC Evening News for Monday, Jun 23, 1975
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(Studio) Report deals with reasons behind malpractice crisis.
REPORTER: John Chancellor

(Minneapolis, Minnesota) Earl Hogery has lung cancer; life depends on surgeon and anesthesiologist he's met only once. Surgeon Robert Schmidt to meet with patient few times once surgery over then he'll probably never see patient again. [Dr. SCHMIDT - says he's just not equipped for long follow-up on patients.] Patient-dr. relationship very different now than in past; this distance causes many patients to sue for malpractice. [Patient Fay BACH - says many doctors too busy for patients.] [President AMA Dr. Max PARROT - believes malpractice crisis can be blamed on court system. Lawyers encourage patients to take doctors to court] [Trial lawyers' association Robert CARTWRIGHT - says root of malpractice problem lies with real malpractice by doctors Extensive amts. of reform needed to eliminate malpractice.] [Neurosurgeon Dr. John SEYMOUR - believes many patients suffer Marcus Welbyism.]
REPORTER: Mike Jackson

(Studio) 2nd part of special report to be broadcast tomorrow; to deal with victim of malpractice and steps taken to curb malpractice.
REPORTER: John Chancellor

Chancellor, John;
Jackson, Mike

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