Contact: Producers Joel Patterson, Jasmin Tuffaha, Fiona Ng, Karen Fritsche
SCHEDULE FOR AIRTALK WITH LARRY MANTLE
Tuesday, September 3, 2013
Topic: Should insurers be forced to pay for expensive new cancer treatments?
Blue Shield of California has come under fire for refusing to pay for an expensive and controversial new radiation treatment for prostate cancer. Scripps Hospital in San Diego spent $230 million on a new proton beam therapy center set to open this fall. Loma Linda University Medical Center was the first hospital-based proton treatment center in the nation. It's invested millions in the technology and claims that it’s safer and healthier than traditional radiation treatments. Blue Shield claims there is no justification for spending $30,000 using the new machine when research shows that traditional radiation methods deliver similar results. Insurers are under constant pressure to hold down costs but at the same time, patients and doctors are demanding they pay for pricy and often-controversial treatments. How do insurers decide which new treatments are worth spending top dollar? Will hospitals be willing to invest in potentially life saving new treatments if insurers won't cover them?
ON TAPE: Blue Shield rep
Live Guest : Dr. Steven Pearson, President of the Institute for Clinical and Economic Review at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston.
Live Guest: Daniel Fontoura, senior vice president at Loma Linda University Medical Center
Topic: LAPD crackdown on Crenshaw cruising?:
Guest: Martin Martinez, LAPD Officer
Guest: Frederick “G” Staves, (pron: stayvz) Owner, Classic G Customs; Staves has been a part of lowrider culture in the Southland since 1977
12:06 – 12:20
12:20 – 12:40
Topic: Can the sender of a text be blamed for distracted driving of the recipient? (TEMP HEAD)
12:40 – 1:00
Topic: Los Angeles drivers are some of the worst in the nation. Tell us your horror stories on the road.
The city with the worst drivers, according to Allstate’s America’s Best Drivers report, is Washington D.C. It’s the sixth time the nation’s capital has topped the survey, which finds that drivers there are twice as likely to get into traffic accidents than those in the rest of the country. Los Angeles is ranked 181 on the list, among the worst. As to other California cities: Bakersfield, 56; Palmdale, 60; Lancaster, 61; Riverside, 110; Pomona, 114; Huntington Beach, 117; Long Beach, 133, and Pasadena, 165. What do you think is the worst city for drivers in the country? How does driving in the U.S. compared to driving in another country? In your opinion, what is the absolute worst to be a driver… or a pedestrian?
Jasmin Tuffaha office: 626.583.5162
Producer, “AirTalk with Larry Mantle”