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A RE-VISIT TO THE QUESTION OF TEAM-SPONSORED PHYSICIANS

     The way teams pick their medical care providers is re-
visited by "Scorecard" in the current SPORTS ILLUSTRATED.  The
issue was first examined by ABC's Armen Keteyian on the November
1st "Nightline."  Because of the "intense publicity that comes
with the job, doctors and hospitals are willing to pay handsomely
to become a team's 'official health-care provider.'"  After
examining the deals struck by the NFL's newest teams, the Jaguars
and Panthers, with their health care providers, SI notes, "The
ultimate victim of priorities so skewed that medical care is put
up for bid are the men who play America's most violent game."
Arthur Caplan, Dir of UPenn's Center for Bioethics: "I'd like to
suggest an unbreakable rule that requires every professional
league to issue a Miranda-style warning to every player informing
him that he not only has the right but the obligation to get his
own personal physician" (SPORTS ILLUSTRATED, 5/8 issue).
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