Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - April 5, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta
THE LETHBRIDCE HERALD _ Thursday, April 5, 19, 3 Registration exceeds population Health care commission too popular EDMONTON' (CP) Al- berta Health Ore Insurance Commission appears to be too popular, a legislative commit- tee was told this week. The Alberta system which pays health costs of residents has 1.7 million persons register- ed. But the population of Al- berta is only 1.6. Helen Hunley. minister with- out portfolio responsible for the health commission, said the reason for the high registration is that many people move out of the province without informing j the commission. Their names' are left on the rolls vntil some, indication is found that they have left the province. In addition, transients pass I through Alberta, register, then i disappear. ARREARS IX MILLIONS j The total of arrears that the commission has accumulated since it was formed in 1969 is j million. Some of the money may not actually be owed to the com- mission smce many persons who are still being billed are no longer in Alberta and there- fore no longer need to pay the I commission, Miss Hunley said. Some Albertans _ registered only under protest in the com- pulsory plan ard refuse to pay their premiums, she said, b3- cause they object to the com- mission in principle. These peo- ple are taken to court. Some didn't join at the pnd now are afraid without rea- son that they will be sent to jail if discovered, she said. She indicated that only a small number of persons are In- volved ia the refusal to pay premiums or the tear to join the plan. The commission's estimated expenditures, approved by com- mittee, are S18.2 million for 1973-74. an increase from ths million forecast for 1972-73. The government recently agreed to pay the premiums for parsers over 65. Health Minister Neal Craw- ford said rone of tha systems of the legislature. After ceri- advocated for reducing the mitlee. the estimates go to the costs of drugs appear to be committee-of-the-whole leg'.sla- THE MYSTERIOUS SKUU Nearly haif a century ago, Anna Mitchell-Hedgfs, now of Kitchensr, Ontario found a fantastic crystal skull in the jungles of British Honduras. Earnest Hilien talks to her and describes the fascinating skull, this Saturday IN YOUR LETHBRIDGE HERALD WEEKEND MAGAZINE working well. Some savings can be gaineJ if hospitals buy their drugs in bulk, he said. However, it would be difficult to extend this sys- tem to caver all residents. Not ever drug could be stocked under a bulk buying program and many doctors and cVcs some patients are not will- ing to substitute for a pre- j scribed drug. In addition, hej said, not all substitute drugs! are as good as the original. A private member's bill in- troduced Monday by Gordon Taylor (SC Drumhellsr) would allow pharmacists to sub- ture for further study. Energy policy to protect SOUgllt WOODSTOCK, Out- (CP) Peter Bawden, Progressive Conservative member cf Parlia- ment for Calgary South, Tues- day called for a national energy policy which would protect Eastern Canadian BKirkefs and keep tabs on development Mr. Bawden was one of three a cheaper drug for one authorities on energy address- prescribed by a doctor pro- vided the active ingredients and dosage are the spins. The special committee ap- proved total estimates of million for three health com- missions the Hospital Ssr- vices Commission, the Health Care Insurance Commission FJid the Alcoholism and Drag I Abuse Commission. The esti- I mates represent a 13.6-per-cent I increase from the 1972-73 fore- cast of million. The estimates of all govern- ment departments now have been studied by the special' committee system, established this session to speed the work ing a Woodstock Chamber of Commerce meeting. A national policy, he said, must provide a firm contin- gency plan far the supply of crude oil to the Montreal mar- ket in the event cf international disruption and threatened ra- I tioning in the market. i A national oil policy must place special emphasis on oil sand development with particu- j lar regard for a long-range plan j to encourage the huge sum that will be needed to construct plants. He called for an immediate statement of policy to give in- centives to Canadian investors in the oil sands of Albsria. Joey's back Former premier Joseph R. Smallwood of Newfound- land has returned to the province for the first time in almost a year. Mr. Smallwood, 72, pjans to spend a week or so choosing illustrations for his memoirs from among about pictures and cartoons collected during his lifetime, including his 23 years as premier. He sfort- ed immediately going over the pictures at his home 40 miles west of St. John's. Portable phone expected in 1976 "Tender Tootsies" for Summer! 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NEW YORK (AP) That te-ephone in the secret agent's heel is almost you're radio frequencies in cities where receivers are installed. The user "dials" his call and the Jolly Green Giant, have a the is transmitted for up jolly green bank account and to six miles. Thai signal is can wait until 1976- That's when Motorola Inc. hopes to come out with its port- able phone, a little under eight inches long and weighing less than three pounds, yours for a basic charge of to a month, plus tolls. Carry it to the beach, the su- j pannarket. the golf coune, the j hideway where you went to get away from it all. Your voice j goes first on the airwaves and then directly into Ma Bell's I lines. If approved by the Federal Communications Commission and bought bv enough custom- ers, the system could be a America.i Telephone and Tele- graph Co. moneymaker. Moto- 1 rola Vice President John F. j Mitchell says. He predicts I telephone comnany will buy the j system, unveiled by Motorola I Tuesday. j I A T and T had ix> comment. "If not, we'll run says Mitchell. I The initial price, he predicts. i will dip as the system is used and spsculaTes that within 20 jears it might hit to a month. The portable phone looks like a small version of military walkie-talkies, with a small an- tenna and push buttons for making calls. Called the DtNATAC system. the telephone will operate over I picked up by a receiver, re- layed to the DYNATAC central computer and then is fed into the regular telephone network.' When someone wepts to reach the portable radio telephone user, they simply dial the num- ber and the portable telephone rings. COMPUTER BUILT IN The portable telephone has a miniature computer built into the two-way radio to perform the telephone function. It uses new large-scale integrated cir- cuits that have as many as OCO transistors on a piece of sili- cone the size of a pinhead. Since the portable phones be dependent on special radio receivers in the area, it's not likely smaller centres will have them for a long time. But Mit- chell predicts a basic nation- wide system by 1S30. The new telephone also has its weak points: it simplifies bugging and complicates dodg- ing that call from the persistent salesman. The radio frequencies can be monitored by anyone, but to spy on Mr. X the snoop would have to know on which of the 380 channels fca tuned into. It would be different everytime be used the phone. "If someone important wanted the system, we could scramble it for says Mit- chell. Industry crimes, theft staggering OTTAWA (CP) Theft and other crimes against industry. who-'es a 1 er s and retailers i amounts to about one per cant of the gross national product. j the head of a nationwide indus- trial security organization esti- mates. "It's a can of worms." R. A. Peterson, head of security at j ATcMaster University and presi- of the Canadian Society for Industrial Security, said in an interview Tuesday. Here for the society's annual ires', ing next week, Mr. Pe'er- scn said nobody really knows how much industry ssd the re- tail-wholesale trade is losing an- nually through crime. He said it is on the If a man was dismissed ra- ther than be prosecuted he and hfs union were liable to de- mand to know how this could be dare without due process al- lowing a man his day in court. Now some industries at last were suspending suspected em- ployees and prosecuting. Mr. Ryan said too many in- dustries are "covering crime." He said ttey will dis- miss an employee who commits a crime for a variety of rea- scns such as bad publicity or a Jong service record rather than prosecute. If a company was asked why an employee who stole was dis- missed, nine out of 10 times the asker rwuM be simply told certainly, in the nwn resigncd. Ton with ibe increase in; Ke said most firms dcm't peculation but the extent Wednesday. pay pact CALGARY (CP> The Hep- aid and composing room work- ers have spreed to a Mr. Peterson said andustc-" contract ereiDtuany in- ixw is Parting to get the ines- creases wages by an hour sage that they proseoile, pertly because of labor-manage- ment nclataans. "The cevii'.a] ol industry is to be fee said, j Uakn, to 35.25. The last contract for the 115 workers, represented by CM P ran ting Trade? 22.