ABC Evening News for Friday, Sep 30, 1983
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(Studio) Changes in Medicare program with beginning of fiscal year tomorrow announced.
REPORTER: Peter Jennings
(DC) Lyndon Johnson recalled signing Medicare into law in 1965; film of that ceremony shown. Econ. problems experienced by program and changes beginning tomorrow in effort to save it examined. [Health and Human Services spokesperson Dr. Robert RUBIN - notes old approach of paying on cost basis.] Details of changes and goal of revamped system explained. [Dr. Murray SELTZER, Dr. Warren NESTLER - note implications of changes for physicians and quality of care.] [Dr. Vincent MARESSA - fears necessary tests won't be performed due to cost factor.] Current system of Medicare patient payments and new approach outlined on screen, discussed. [WOMAN - feels Reagan has done enough harm to the elderly.] [Lou MINAFRA - believes elderly will choose not to receive necessary health care rather than put families in debt.] Reagan administration noted planning another task force to study problem.
REPORTER: George Strait
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