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Consumer Alert (Boutique Docs) #715045

CBS Evening News for Friday, Nov 22, 2002
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(Studio: Dan Rather) Report introduced.

(Ocean Springs, Mississippi: Elizabeth Kaledin) The growing number of “boutique” medical practices, in which doctors don’t accept insurance, featured; details given of “Doctor at Your Door,” the practice of Dr. Bryan Smith†† in Knoxville, Tennessee; scenes shown of Smith and R.N. Pam Williams†† making house and office calls, for which they charge an annual fee. [WILLIAMS – explains their communication system.] [SMITH – says he felt like the insurance companies were practicing medicine.] [AMA Dr. Donald PALMISANO†- says there is a crisis.] [Ocean Springs, Mississippi, family practitioner Dr. Todd COULTER†- comments on the drop in his overhead expenses when he stopped taking insurance.]

Rather, Dan;
Kaledin, Elizabeth

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