NBC Evening News for Monday, Mar 05, 1984
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(Studio) Report introduced
REPORTER: Tom Brokaw
(DC) Medicare program's financial crisis examined; films shown. Morris Rausch, Jack Breslow, Mildred Oberteuffer cited as exs. of exorbitant hospital costs for major illnesses. [RAUSCH, Breslow's daughter "HARRIET", Oberteuffer's son-in-law Senator Robert PACKWOOD - comment on size of bills.] Medicare's current and projected economy status outlined; program's formation under Lyndon Johnson recalled. [Econ. Alan GREENSPAN - feels Medicare's problems are more serious than those of Social Security] Factors affecting Medicare outlined on screen, discussed. [Goldie McQUAIRRE - accepts death when it's her time.] [GREENSPAN - believes Medicare's problems reflect society's choices on life and death.] Criticism of Medicare program outlined. Medicare's approval of unrealistic markups for prods. chgd. by hospital to Ethel Breslow listed, discussed. ["HARRIET" - criticizes Medicare's paying such a bill.] Suggestions for saving Medicare considered.
REPORTER: Robert Hager
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