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FRONTLINE; Crisis at General Hospital


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Crisis at General Hospital
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Premiered January 1983 Since January 1983, FRONTLINE has served as American public television's - PBS - flagship public affairs series. Hailed upon its television broadcast debut as "the last best hope for broadcast documentaries," FRONTLINE's stature over 23 years is reaffirmed each week through incisive documentaries covering the scope and complexity of the human experience. Series release date: 1/1983

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The threat of for-profit hospital on public hospitals' ability to provide health care to indigents. Most Americans regard health care as a social responsibility undertaken for the common good. We assume government and charity programs will allow for everyone with serious health problems, no matter how poor, to be provided treatment. FRONTLINE examines how many investor-owned, for-profit hospital chains are aggressively marketing themselves to treat only the insured, or wealthy, patient.



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Public Affairs
Chicago: “FRONTLINE; Crisis at General Hospital,” 12/12/1983, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed October 27, 2016, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_82E6515F868B434AB5B23320A74080C0.
MLA: “FRONTLINE; Crisis at General Hospital.” 12/12/1983. WGBH Media Library & Archives. Web. October 27, 2016. <http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_82E6515F868B434AB5B23320A74080C0>.
APA: FRONTLINE; Crisis at General Hospital. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_82E6515F868B434AB5B23320A74080C0
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