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Med. / Hospital Costs / Medicare and Medicaid Payments #54560

ABC Evening News for Tuesday, Jun 06, 1978
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(Studio) House Commerce Committee study of administration proposal to limit hospital cost increases per year noted; amendment to measure, offered by Representative Paul Rogers, outlined. Report on results of ABC-Louis Harris poll with regard to public confidence in hospitals and physicians. Govt. partial payment of hospital bills given as one reason for rising costs.
REPORTER: Frank Reynolds

(DC) Examination of reasons hospital costs increase due to patients' use of Medicaid, Medicare and private health insurance plans. Case of 14-mo.-old Jessica Hass given as example; her father, Steve Hass, mentioned. [Econ. Research Bureau spokesperson Prof. Martin FELDSTEIN - says hospital costs are ignored because they aren't seen as affecting patient at that time.] [Blue Cross Association spokesperson Walter McNERNEY - says insurance and prepayment do increase demand and that does tend to push up costs, but that these aren't only reasons; states others.] Feldstein's suggestion for making patients and doctors more aware of costs described. [FELDSTEIN - says this would make doctors and patients ask questions about necessity of treatment and location of treatment sessions.]
REPORTER: Roger Peterson

(Studio) AMA's court order blocking government from releasing list of physicians and their Medicare and Medicaid earnings reported.
REPORTER: Frank Reynolds

Peterson, Roger;
Reynolds, Frank

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