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RADIATION CARE CHAIRMAN ISSUES STATEMENT ON BARRON'S ARTICLE

 RADIATION CARE CHAIRMAN ISSUES STATEMENT ON BARRON'S ARTICLE
 ATLANTA, March 30 /PRNewswire/ -- Thomas E. Haire, chairman of the board of Radiation Care, Inc., issued the following statement:
 An article about Radiation Care, Inc., which appeared in the March 30 issue of Barron's, is replete with inaccuracies and was written without any input from our officers or representatives.
 State physician joint venture legislation now pending is not likely to have a long-term adverse impact on Radiation Care. None of these legislative proposals, including recent Florida legislation, is based on evidence of abuse in the area of radiation therapy. Physicians simply do not refer patients for the potentially invasive therapy of radiation unless the patient has cancer. The appropriateness of radiation therapy -- in relation to chemotherapy or surgery -- is ultimately determined by the radiation therapist, not the referring physician.
 The company has no intention of revising its alignment with the most highly-trained and best qualified oncologists in the business, and it is convinced that its lower prices and higher quality of care will prevail against the high-margin, anti-competitive market now dominated by the radiation therapists.
 Moreover, the financial and operating structure of Radiation Care, Inc., eliminates the possibility that any physician investor could profit personally from his or her referral decision.
 When state legislatures focus on the merits -- as they did in New Jersey -- they see that the facts support the elimination of radiation therapy from legislation banning joint ventures. The United States Congress reached a similar conclusion when the issue was thoroughly considered and debated in 1991. Even the legislation passed in Florida, by inclusion of a cap on fees, recognized the monopoly being defended by the radiation therapists.
 The cost containment objectives of states will be best accomplished by free and open competition.
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 /CONTACT: Cathy Purcell for Radiation Care, 202-434-8536/ CO: Radiation Care, Inc. ST: Georgia IN: SU:


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