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In Depth (Managed Health Care Plans) #612291

NBC Evening News for Monday, Apr 08, 1996
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(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Managed health care program statistics given.

(New York: Mike Jensen) The jeopardizing of patient care by managed health care programs and HMO greed for huge profits examined; details given of the withholding of patient treatment options. [David CHING - tells of his wife's death due to doctors' withholding of needed treatment because the HMO would not cover it.] [American Medical Association Carol O'BRIEN - tells of gag policies and contractual provisions that prevented doctors from discussing proper treatment with patients.] HMO restrictions on doctors listed. [Dr. John LUDDEN, Dr. Michael HAUGH, Dr. Robert KNIGHT, Knight's patient Elaine NEWBOLD - discuss the problem of HMOs.]

(Studio: Tom Brokaw) A bill said to be in Congress that would prevent HMOs from retaliating against doctors who discuss treatment options with patients that are not covered by the HMOs.

Reporter(s):
Brokaw, Tom;
Jensen, Mike
Duration:
00:04:50

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