ABC Evening News for Friday, Feb 09, 1979
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(Studio) Upcoming announcement by 3 top auto mfrs. and UAW (United Automobile, Aerospace and Agricultural Implement Workers of America) with regard to new cost-saving health care program reported; plan noted to be similar to Health Maintenance Orgs. (HMO).
REPORTER: Max Robinson
(Minneapolis, Minnesota) Report on HMO. Minneapolis physician Dr. Paul Elwood noted to be moving force behind development of HMO in Minneapolis. [ELWOOD comments on present health care system.] Details about HMO method of operations given. [Share HMO director Robert DITMORE - comments.] Cases of Share HMO members Charles and Christine Weiger and Mrs. Cindy Hostettler and children detailed. [WEIGERS, HOSTETTLER - comment on Share HMO.] Promotion of HMO by business in Minneapolis reported; success described. [General Mills executive Vice President Paul PARKER - comments.] [ELWOOD - comments.] Advantages of HMO, competition among those in Minneapolis and questions about their use of funds for complete medical care cited. [Share HMO medical dir. Dr. Richard WEBER - says they use money wisely, but don't skimp.] [WOMAN - comments.] Results of successful HMO program in Twin Cities area on practices of private physicians noted. Contd. objections of some physicians reported [Dr. Anton LYZENGA - comments.] Outlook for HMO and for government controls of medical costs given.
REPORTER: Sylvia Chase
(Studio) Recap report noted.
REPORTER: Frank Reynolds
(NYC) Items covered in medical costs series recalled. Comment made on outlook and possible solutions.
REPORTER: Jules Bergman
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