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American's Vital Signs: Rationing Care #568553

NBC Evening News for Tuesday, May 02, 1989
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(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Month-long examination of health care system noted continuing. Report introduced.

(Oakland, California: Robert Bazell) Soaring medical costs and growing number of poor and uninsured patients reported causing some health care providers to begin process of rationing public medical care; details given of situation in Alameda Cnty., California, scenes shown. [PEOPLE - comment on waiting to see doctor] Ex. of terminally ill uninsured patient Al Cerano noted. [Cnty. health services director David KIER - explains rationing care system.] Need for prenatal care and cost of treating premature babies discussed; example of Camilla Everett's son noted. [Med. ethicist John GALINSKI - comments on criteria of judging who needs care most.] [KIER - comments on system.]

(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Tomorrow's segment previewed.

Bazell, Robert;
Brokaw, Tom

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