Season 18, Episode 13 Dr. Solomon's Dilemma

First Aired: April 5, 2000

Internist Martin Solomon and other physicians at Boston's Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital are followed as they weigh cost vs. care, patient by patient. The reason: their physician-run health-care network lost $100-million in 1999, and the pressures for “operational discipline” (as the network's CEO puts it) are relentless. Many patients know what's going on, and that development, says correspondent Hedrick Smith, “is eroding the precious bond of trust between doctors and patients.”