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American's Vital Signs: Emergency Room #568372

NBC Evening News for Monday, May 01, 1989
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(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Mo.-long examination of United States health care system introduced Poll results given with regard to quality of health care. Report introduced.

(Los Angeles, California: Robert Bazell) Problems of crowding and expense of emergency room treatment examined; details given, scenes shown. [Southern California Hospital Council spokesperson David LANGNESS - comments on emergency room problems.] [In NYC, patient Jose RODRIGUEZ - comments on being in emergency room for days.] Poor and uninsured noted using emergency rooms as walk-in clinics; exs. of people (named) using emergency room noted. Non-emergency patients noted incr. waiting for those truly needing immediate medical care. [MAN - says patients should not have to wait so long to see doctor] [Princeton Univ. medical econ. Yuri REINHART - urges tax to give medical help to needy.] Crisis in emergency rooms reported expected to worsen.

(Studio: Tom Brokaw) More poll results given with regard to emergency rooms.

Bazell, Robert;
Brokaw, Tom

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