A CBS 60 Minutes segment entitled, "Is the Price Right?" raised serious issues that the health care field must remain committed to addressing - billing, collection, charity care, pricing and the uninsured. At the same time, we need to redouble our efforts to work with other - the government, as well as the public and private sectors - to find solutions at the national and community levels that can make health care more affordable for the uninsured. Below is the transcript of the program, and the full transcript of Dan Rather's interview with American Hospital Association Senior Vice President for Policy, Carmela Coyle.
"60 Minutes" segment transcript
Full AHA interview transcript
AHA encouraged 60 Minutes to take a balanced look at this complicated issue and shared with the producer examples of innovative programs hospitals created to meet the needs of their patients. Those examples were not part of the segment. The segment also failed to address the larger problem: close to 46 million uninsured Americans for whom the hospital is often the only place to turn for care. The AHA is sending the producers a letter pointing out that, in ignoring this information, 60 Minutes did not give viewers the full story. They also note the absence of the publicly documented connection between K.B. Forbes and the health insurance industry. The letter is attached below.