NBC Evening News for Thursday, Sep 11, 1980
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(Studio) Report introduced
REPORTER: John Chancellor
(Chicago, Illinois) Situation at Cook Cnty., Illinois, hospital, where poverty patients are transferred from private hospitals, said illustrated by case of Billy Dubois; details given. [Mr. and Mrs. DUBOIS - describe experience.] [Dr. Diane GOMEZ - criticizes lack of ethics of private hospitals.] Transfer from private to public hospitals despite endangering patient's life noted involving Willella Clay. [Dr. Linda MURRAY - describes Clay's condition upon arrival.] Conditions in Cook outlined; fin. problems, include Medicaid's inability to help, detailed. Dolores McClure's case said illustrating situation. [McCLURE - comments.] Pvt. hospital's defense of policy noted. [Loretto Hospital spokesperson Albert CRUZ - comments.] Cook Cnty.'s financial loss last year and implications with regard to medical treatment of its patients outlined. [Cook Cnty. director of medical Dr. Quentin YOUNG - comments.] Opposition to making most people eligible for Medicaid by legislators noted; prospect for future reported.
REPORTER: Robert Bazell