New WRAL Documentary Examines Problems in our Health Care System

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Focal Point: “Critical Condition”
New WRAL Documentary Examines Problems in our Health Care System

Airs Wednesday December 2, 2009, 7pm

Focal Point While the debate over health care reform continues, so do the problems North Carolinians face in our current system of health care.   A new WRAL documentary, Focal Point: “Critical Condition,” profiles real people facing real challenges in our health care system. It airs Wednesday, December 2, 2009, at 7:00pm and is hosted by WRAL News anchor David Crabtree.

Nearly 1.6 million people in North Carolina have no health insurance. Most of them simply can’t afford to buy it. Those who do have insurance sometimes find out they’re not covered for some conditions leaving them buried under a mountain of medical debt.

Skyrocketing health care costs have prevented many businesses from providing health care coverage for their employees and have put a financial squeeze on businesses that do provide health coverage.  As the US Senate considers health care reform legislation, a partisan debate over reform continues. 

Focal Point: “Critical Condition” goes beyond the debate and examines the challenges people and businesses in North Carolina face right now in our current health care system.  It profiles the uninsured, under-insured and people struggling with the high cost of health care. 

It also looks at how some medical providers have tried to create a safety net to treat some of the uninsured as a temporary measure until a permanent solution can be found. 

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“Critical Condition” is the latest episode in the WRAL documentary series called Focal Point.  These in-depth news documentaries focus on a single topic, bringing depth and clarity to complicated issues facing North Carolina.  From North Carolina’s economy and environment, to health care and race relations – Focal Point takes viewers inside the lives of the people most affected.  Focal Point tackles the tough questions with leaders and policymakers who have the power to effect change.  WRAL News anchors, including David Crabtree, Pam Saulsby, Bill Leslie, Gerald Owens and Debra Morgan, host the series.  Six to eight new episodes of Focal Point will be produced each year. 

Thanks to WRAL-TV’s Debbie Tullos for this capcom story.

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