NBC Evening News for Monday, Apr 08, 1985
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(Studio) Report introduced
REPORTER: Tom Brokaw
(Wichita, Kansas) Current malpractice crisis involving doctors, insurance companies and patients examined; econs. involved discussed. [American Med. Association spokesperson Dr. James SAMMONS, National Ins. Consumers Org. spokesperson J. Robert HUNTER - disagree on crisis status of issue.] [Dr. Howard SCHWARTZ - explains his suit against insurance companies over alleged misrep. of insurance liabilities.] Ins. malpractice premiums and claim payments between 1978-1983 graphed on screen. [Saint Paul Fire and Marine spokesperson James SNYDER - defs. premium reserves.] [HUNTER - notes bookkeeping technique benefiting insurance and deceiving public.] General Accounting Office's allegations that insurance industry has avoided taxes quoted on screen. [Attorney Gerald MICHEAUX - cites need for med. community to weed out repeat malpractice offenders.] Shannon Viff's med. problems arising from unnecessary surgery, as well as that of Andrea Steinbacher, Shanoa Simmons and others undergoing unnecessary surgery at Kansas' Wessley Med. Center discussed; surgeon Dr. Maydo Merza noted settling out of court Details of case reviewed. [Viff's MOTHER, Barbara STEINBACHER - accuse state of coverup.]
REPORTER: Don Oliver
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