NBC Evening News for Monday, Apr 25, 1977
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(Studio) President Carter asks Congress to put controls on hospital prices to hold down increases
REPORTER: David Brinkley
(DC) Details with regard to proposed bill and administration's suggestions with regard to hospital cost cutting noted. Department of Health, Education and Welfare Secretary Joseph Califano says controls needed as hospitals operate like monopolies. [CALIFANO - says there's no competition among hospitals.] Council of Econ. Advisers staffer says program is really price control; administration officials apparently feel it's worth risk of fear from bus. of more controls, in order to bring hospital costs under control.
REPORTER: Judy Woodruff
(Chicago, Illinois) Report on situation from hospital's viewpoint; Louis A. Weiss Memorial Hospital in Chicago cited as example [Hospital administration Mortimer ZIMMERMAN - notes many of hospital's expenses are things over which they have no control on pricing.]
REPORTER: Mike Jackson