60 Minutes - The Wrong Medicine March 16, 2008
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Airdate: 03/16/08 As many as 100,000 people die each year from medical errors, and the newborn twins of actor Dennis Quaid and his wife Kimberly were nearly part of that statistic. When only days old, the babies were accidentally given the wrong dose of the blood thinner Heparin, and they nearly bled to death. Steve Kroft talks with the couple about their ordeal and about the issue of preventable medical mistakes.
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It's nice to watch and to have on DVD, but the first hour-long episode from 1999 was much more enjoyable. If someone has that on DVD let me know! The disc in this listing contains ONLY the Star Wars segment from 2005. A few new, short interview pieces and scenes from Revenge of the Sith. If you taped it when it first aired, you should be fine. But if you must have everything, well, it IS an exclusively Star Wars disc.
Also, caveat emptor! The artwork on the DVD box is NOT what is pictured on this listing. You will receive a GENERIC 60 Minutes box with the stop watch and the title laser-printed on. The blue graphic picturing Lucas and the Droids and the SW logo is only seen behind Leslie Stahl when she introduces the segment. So don't think you'll be getting a nifty new Star Wars DVD box to display.
So again, it's not an hour-long, it's only about 15 minutes. It's the follow-up to the original hour-long 1999 Star Wars 60 Minutes episode. And you just get a generic box. Enjoy...
Dale Coventry and W. Jamie Kunz were Public Defenders in Chicago that had proof that it was not Logan that murdered a guard at a Chicago McDonald's back in the early 1980's, it was another person, Andrew Wilson, whom they represented, that was already a cop-killer. Because of the lawyer-client privilege rules, they couldn't tell the world what they knew.
So, they got a statement from Wilson in which Wilson admitted he was the trigger-man of the crime. And here's the catch: the lawyers were not to reveal it until Wilson's death. So the two lawyers of Wilson put it into a sealed envelope, placed it into a fireproof metal box owned by Dale Coventry, where it would stay until Wilson would die, whenever that would be. The lawyers would only reveal the information if Logan was to be sentenced to death, which he was spared by 2 critical votes in a 10-2 jury decision during his trial for the McDonald's shooting.
Because of the document being put away, and Logan being spared the Death Penalty by those two votes at his trial, Alton Logan was, in effect, 'put away' from having a normal life for 26 years. Think of it: that time he could've used to get married, have children, see the birth of grandchildren, and be working towards retirement.
When Wilson finally died, the two lawyers of Wilson's got the sealed envelope out of the fireproof box, and revealed it to the Cook County, Illinois authorities.
Postscript: after this episode of '60 Minutes' aired in 2008, Logan was finally released from prison after doing 26 years, and is currently suing (as I type this)Cook County, and infamous former Chicago police commander and rogue cop Jon Burge.
...and here's the group detailed in the story, Remote Area Medical:
Stan Brock -- who many may remember as Marlin Perkins' side-kick on "Wild Kingdom" -- has dedicated the past 22 years of his life to providing medical care in remote areas. At first this was just in Third World countries, until he realized there are huge numbers of Americans whose access to health care is -- in some ways -- just as bad as what he was seeing in Africa.
He founded Remote Area Medical and runs it out of Knoxville, Tennessee. The 60 Minutes video is one of the single most remarkable stories they've ever run. It will completely shift your ideas about the health-care debate in this country; at least it did for me and for many I've spoken with about it.
Remote Area Medical is doing more (with less funding) than any organization I've yet seen. Everything is volunteered or donated, and they only have two staff-members on salary. Stan Brock does not take pay; every ounce of energy he has goes towards this cause and the man lives like a monk to stretch every dime.
To date they have provided health care equivalent to $32,500,000 -- not a typo, that's 32.5 million dollars worth of services given to people who had no other means of obtaining basic health care. The need is huge across America. This entire issue is, it seems, at critical mass.
After seeing the 60 Minutes segment "Lifeline" I spent two days in Knoxville, had the opportunity to meet with Stan Brock, and was able to tour the headquarters of Remote Area Medical.
According to Mr. Brock, there is a vicious Catch-22 at work in the US. Though other states are begging RAM to come help, at present Tennessee is the only state where they are welcome. Every other state lacks the "Open Borders To Doctors" provisions that are on the books in TN, meaning they forbid doctors with out-of-state licensing from doing ANYTHING in their states.
Unfortunately, using out-of-state physicians is the only way the RAM system can work. In-state physicians don't wish to be known for providing free health-care -- they are afraid they'll get inundated by requests -- and they often dislike the "competition" provided by RAM.
After viewing the segment on 60 Minutes, I was troubled by the case of one woman -- nearly blinded by her inability to get proper eyeglasses -- who initially thought she had arrived too late to receive treatment. Though she did (at last) receive new glasses, I couldn't understand why she had previously experienced such difficulty getting assistance on this. In response, Brock says that Medicare/Medicaid will NOT pay for dental or eye care for anyone over age 18. A bizarre (and maddening) system we have...
I'm on the board of a group that has been working with RAM. We would love to see them deployed across the entire state of Tennessee, which should triple the number of people they can help. My theory is this: if Tennessee can do this on a larger scale and start getting a LOT of press about it, they will shame adjacent states into changing their laws -- especially if large numbers of citizens are forced to go out-of-state to find basic health care. If this happens, we may get enough momentum to get the rest of the country to follow.