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Eye on Your Health (Healthcare Costs) #900220

CBS Evening News for Wednesday, Mar 19, 2008
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(Studio: Katie Couric) Congressional Budget Office figures on Medicare and Medicaid payouts cited.

(Studio: Emily Senay) The high cost of proton beam therapy featured; animation shown of how the procedure works; details given about the boom in building facilities for the cancer treatment; scenes shown of the construction at the University of Pennsylvania. [Patient Rianta WIMBERLY‡, her MOTHER – comment on Rianta’s successful treatment.] [Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center Dr. Jay LOEFFLER†- wonders if the increased cost is worth it.] [University of Pennsylvania Abramson Cancer Center Dr. James METZ†- describes the cyclotron.] [Mount Sinai Hospital Dr. Richard STOCK†- notes hospitals are competing for patients; states there is no evidence the therapy is better than other treatments.]

Couric, Katie;
Senay, Emily

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