ABC Evening News for Wednesday, Feb 07, 1979
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(Studio) Earlier Closeup report on rising medical costs recalled. Upcoming report outlined.
REPORTER: Max Robinson
(NYC) Report with regard to effect on medical costs of payments for services not rendered. [Health economy Dr. Walter McCLURE - says retirement of 20% of US hospitals would improve medical care.] Details given about reasons that empty hospital beds cause higher medical costs. Ex. given is Orange Cnty., California. [Health care planner Stanley MATEK - calls situation orgy of hospital construction.] [Med. school dean Dr. Stanley VAN DEN NOORT - comments on Orange Cnty. overabundance of hospitals.] Rash of hospital constructions in county described. [Hospital administration Allan SHAW - comments.] [VAN DEN NOORT - comments.] [MATEK - discusses amount of health care costs supplied by government, thus by taxpayers.] Hospital purchases of new technology reported as another cause for inflation of costs; details and ex. given. [Mission Viejo, California, physician Dr. John POTVIN - comments.] [MATEK - outlines practices that would cut hospital cost inflation.] [Health economy Dr. Alain ENTHOVEN - discusses political pressure involved in hospital construction.] [McCLURE - comments.]
REPORTER: Jules Bergman
(Studio) Upcoming report noted.
REPORTER: Max Robinson
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