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Closeup (Med. Costs) #58299

ABC Evening News for Tuesday, Feb 06, 1979
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(Studio) Recommendation by Blue Cross and Blue Shield with regard to routine hospital admission tests, meaning possible reduction in admission costs, detailed. Report in series on medical costs noted.
REPORTER: Frank Reynolds

(No location given) Report considers role of physician in deciding size of health care bill. [Health economy Dr. Walter McCLURE - says doctors will always find good things to do for patients if money is there.] Details about physician's role in determining patient's hospital bill given. [PHYSICIAN - discusses tests with patient.] [Med. school dean Dr. Stanley VAN DEN NOORT - says doctors are cost- generators.] [Minneapolis physician Dr. Richard SIMMONS - says doctors don't know about patient hospital costs.] Amt. of government and insurance payment of medical costs noted. [McCLURE - comments on style of medical practice in US.] Excesses in medical practice described; costs given. Physicians' statements that much of excess comes from practicing defense medical reported [VAN DEN NOORT - comments on potential for malpractice suits.] AMA's earlier refusal to recognize cost problem and its changing attitude stated. [American Medical Association spokesperson Dr. Robert HUNTER - describes ways to cut costs.] Unnecessary health care exs. given. [Dr. Thomas PRESTON - bays financial considerations affect physicians' decisions about health care.] [New York physician Dr. Leonard WEISS - calls for American Medical Association action in getting government out of medical] Outlook for physicians' role in health care costs cited.
REPORTER: Jules Bergman

(Studio) Upcoming Closeup report noted.
REPORTER: Frank Reynolds

Bergman, Jules;
Reynolds, Frank

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