NBC Evening News for Tuesday, May 24, 1977
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(Studio) Department of Health, Education and Welfare Secretary Califano comments on hospital costs at hearing with regard to Carter bill to limit costs.
REPORTER: David Brinkley
(DC) American Hospital Association spokesperson Dr. Leo Gehrig says hospitals can cut costs without government ceiling; says government limits would lower quality of care. Senator Edward Kennedy says plan would save taxpayers money. [KENNEDY - says if money not saved it will be made up in additional taxes; asks how much hospitals will save.] [GEHRIG - can't figure at present.] [KENNEDY - asks if Gehrig opposes plan,but can't give estimate of savings in own program.] [GEHRIG - can't give any figs.; doesn't know what savings would be and doubts figs. could be submitted later.]
REPORTER: Carole Simpson