Florence Morning News Newspaper Archives Sep 30 1973, Page 61

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Florence Morning News (Newspaper) - September 30, 1973, Florence, South CarolinaTry in a flood of exorbitant Cost inefficiency Over duplication of services and wasteful use of both manpower and equipment. Strong words yes. But no stronger than the Medicine needed to cure a sick medical care delivery system. Doctors have their share of blame but much of the waste and inefficiency in the National medical care Structure can be Laid at the door of american hospitals. By the 1960 s there were al ready enough Hospital Beds to care for every . Citizen who needed hospitalization. The generosity of the Federal government through the Hill Burton act and the desire of congressmen to see that each one s District got a lion s share however caused America to be dotted with hospitals enough hospitals to hold five people per Popula Tion by 1970. Actual occupancy is 3.3 persons per even worse from the standpoint of medical care efficiency hospitals today tend to compete with the Cornerstones of this Tong since antiquated Structure have become millstones threatening to drown the nation s third largest Industry in a flood of exorbitant Cost each other often ruinous by by putting in equipment that is rarely used and then not always properly. The inter society commission on heart disease resources found in a re cent study that for professional staffs to maintain their skills a Hospital should be used for no fewer than four to six open heart operations a week. Yet hos Pital after Hospital Over the country has spent hundreds of thousands of dollars on equipment for open heart surgery deep a Ray and Cobalt therapy machines scanning units for nuclear medi Cine and other sophisticated instruments. The truth is that one Center could handle All the traffic for that area. In fact if the average businessman ran his business As the Community Hospital is run he d go bankrupt. Still another area of unnecessary expense and deplorable sometimes unnecessary death is the operating room the heart of any Hospital. A Long list of operations is posted every Day but no body asks if a particular operation is necessary probably because Between one fourth and one half of them Are not. Only after a patient has died does the death committee which All Hospi tals should have try to fix the blame. Do you doubt listen to this. English cities average roughly half the number of surgeons that Are found in american cites of the same size yet the Quality of English Medicine is wide family weekly by acclaimed. In the Kaiser foundation prepayment group clinics the largest of the Type in this country roughly half As Many operations Are performed As in the average Community Hospital in the same area. And when the United mine workers instituted a prepayment health insurance system with fee for the Union was flooded with Bills for elective a requirement was added that every pre operative diagnosis must be confirmed continued special Holiday gift offer Han sorr a serving pieces in Oneida stainless to match your fax on a Kern the Birtty locker Coupon fee 2cf, Gravy ladle of gift to you when you 0 Der the other six pieces. Chat am Vul general inc., Box 128, Minneapolis Minnesota 55460 i enclose a Check or Money order for please Send me Check appropriate Box q Jelly server sugar spoon and butter d Large serving spoon knife p the whol8 works All 6 pieces plus d cold meat Fork and pierced serving free Gravy ladle spoon Check your pattern Choice below q Isabella q p. Henry n my Rose re Vinland q chatelaine q via Roma name address City to assure delivery give zip code number. State zip offer Good Only Wilhen Usa. Offer expires dec. 17, 1973

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