ABC Evening News for Thursday, Feb 08, 1979
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(Studio) Report on ways people have found to reverse high medical cost trend.
REPORTER: Max Robinson
(NYC) Efforts at some hospitals to reduce or eliminate hospital stays for qualified patients detailed; effect of these programs on medical costs described. Exs. given are: limited hospitalization for women like Mrs. Susan Patky, of Chicago, after they give birth at Illinois Masonic Hospital; and Phoenix surgery center and young patient Mark Gordon. [Health economy Dr. Walter McCLURE - says government will eventually take control of medical care costs in order to bring them down.] Ins. companies' changes in policies to fight medical costs noted. [New York Blue Cross spokesperson Dr. Eugene SIBERY - comments.] [Neurosurgeon Dr. James McMURTRY - comments on use of utilization review boards.] Bus. attitude towards health care benefit payments reported [GM spokesperson Victor ZINK - comments on employers being sure to get money's worth for health insurance dollar.] [New York State office of health management director Richard BERMAN - outlines medical cost control program.] Results of Berman's program stated. [Hospital association of New York State spokesperson George ALLEN - comments on potential future effects of Berman's present program.] Needed regulation outlined. Randall Patky mentioned.
REPORTER: Jules Bergman
(Studio) Upcoming report noted.
REPORTER: Max Robinson
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