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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - April 7, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta 14 LETHBRIDGE HERALD Friday, April 7. 197J Alberta Medical Association concerned with effectiveness of doctors tlv .IO1-: MA llcrifil Writer "'Hi ;il n level nf ccnilimiim; eilu- lo friU-rin rsiulilMiril by llu- lu-ntossiim, In- ;i riMniiri-MH-nt fur contin- ncil liiTMMiri' tit imirliso nu-llicLiH' in AllicrLii." Tho above resolution nf tho AlluM-ln Medical Association has been forxv.nif'cd I" The liurlii College of and Siirncuns, the pioviniuil li- censing body. it means, said Dr. II. 0s him, nev: pres- ident oi Ihc association, is Hint dui'tor.s have li> in'uve that they rcnuiiii profession ally competent in 01 tier to have [heir licences rencv.ccl. The AMA, v-hich is the Al- berta division of Hie Canadian Mftlical Association, has estab- lished a review committee to look into the vol- ume, type, cost, ami efficiency of services provided by physi- cians, The mechanics of examining a uhysician'5 competence, in view of (ho rapid advancement in tlie chemical and biological I UUl. :os. linvi: yd to tic worked Dr. Oshiro said ill a Herald I interview lhal Alberta is the Ursi province1 in Canada to' U-OI-'K on iL In Ihe United States, Nev; Mexico and Ore- j gun v.ere in ndvocat- I iriii ttic inmnlctiancc of a 1 licence continu- ing education. "The Allieita Medical Asso- cicilion is to (lie community as a physician is Lo his pa- said Dr. Ilobcrl i Clark, AMA executive sccrc- Itary. "Hie AMA has Hie re- sjionsibility to the community I that its momlicrs .ire profcs- Dr. Oshiro. a 50-year-old gen- eral pi-aclitkmer of CoaWale, chancellor of tlie I'niversily of L.othbridge Oac of Dr. Osliiro's (irft duties ns AMA president is a month-long lour, accompanied by Dr. Clark, lo 14 large cen- tres in ttie province to acquaint himself the medical pro- Cession find the news media. Another area of concern Is physicians' incomes in relation to "the escalating cost o[ the health service delivery sysiem in Alberta. The existing system has been described by Dr. J. E. Bradley, chairman of the Alberta llospi- [al Services Commission, as [leading rapidly toward finan- cial disaster, vs'ilh the cost es- calating at the rate of more inn 10 per cent a year. public may have some misunderstanding about a phys- ician's Dr. Oshiro said. "Actually, only 16 per cent of I he total money spem for health care in Canada goes to physicians." Whereas the commlsiion's ex- penditures are escalating, physicians' incomes have re- mained relalively stable. The average receipts of an Alberta physician amount to hut his lake-home income, after deducting various expenses, is only between 20 and 60 per cent o[ it, according to Dr. Oshiro. The AMA Is concerned with reports that certain physicians are seeing (heir patients more than necessary so as to get more payments from the com- mission. Dr. Oshiro said oi the prov- ince's physicians, the re- turns of about doctors ruv pearcd to be out of order: but nftcr screening, "only a haurl- j Cut ncixl to examined in, j "It is a question of misinlor-' probation of the fee schedule, not actual Dr. Clark emphasized. 'flic AMA supports Ihc home- care program and the provision of more auxiliary hospitals, nursing homes anil senior citi- zens' homes to cut down pub- lic health costs. "It costs SfiO per day to keep n pnlienl in a hospital bud, but only for a doctor to see an Dr. Clark said. The hospital onsls arc going up aL a much higher rate than the cost for professional medi- cal services. Dr. Clark attri- buted pail of the c-irc to increase, in wages for hospital staff, who he said were previ- ously underpaid. Although everyone in the health delivery system is in favor of home-carp, and other supporting programs, the hold- up is Ihe present unsatisfac- tory federal provincial cosl- sharing method, Dr Oshiro said. Holh federal and provincial authorities are looking into a morn .satisfactory fovmula of cost-shirring he added. One solution being considered is the global budget concept. This would restrict Hie amount of money paid by the federal government to Ihc provinces for health care, basing pay- ments in direct proportions lo the annual increases in t h o country's Gross National Prod- uct. Dr. Oshiro agreed that re- mote areas and Indian reserves are under privileged in re- ceiving public health services, but pointed out the responsibil- ity resls primarily on the fed- eral government. "On our part, canr.ol force doctors to on tho Indian he s a i d. "However, the living habits of the native people should bo chonged. Health service is only part of the problem, "This is only part of the over-all problem that should be solved by the tour parties in- volved; the federal government, the provincial government, the medical profession the live people. Soulhern Alberta, and Lelli- bridge in particular, enjoys one of lite highest concentra- linns of Dr. Clark said the ideal ratio is one physician per 770 of Ihe population, hut the Alberta average is one per "Lclhbriclgo, with a popula- tion of 40.000, has 100 doctors, making a rctio of Dhysician for every Ur. Oshiro said. "However, it should he noled that Lelhbridgc serves as a support, Ixise for a much larger area." Dr. Oshiro said Lclhbridgc is not deficient in basic health services. In some veiy special- ized areas, such as neurosur- gery, it is difficult to provide adequate services because of the large supporting staff and financing required, These services are usually provided through a university medical school. Other comments made by Dr. Oshiro and Dr. Clark included; Canada is too much de- pendent on United Stales ro- scarch and brcaklhrouglis in the medical sciences. The AMA is concerned with the possibili- ty lhat the Federal government may nil down further on Municipal Hospital, cal research grants. still has vacancies for Ihc r.ctual delivery muses. Similarly, slio'.ilcl receive tlie priority, is :i shoitafie of denlists, search is also it difficult to includo There is no possibility ilenlnl bills in health the foreseeable future to programs. op a medical school at the 'the AMA and the CMA iversity of Lethbriilge. The rejected tlie IxiDain Com- medical schools in Ihc charges that the med- already provide overflow profession has failed In eiils to other provinces in an active role in the socio- ern Canada. The University problem of tha Alberta and the University use ot drugs. How- Calgary medical schouls Dr. Oshiro added, "Wo duct 40 per cent of do not know enough classes and train 25 per cent the problem." medical students in As much as seven years the AMA advocated Ilia Doctors and nurses of water systems individual code of ethics improve the dental health of the AMA cannot forre. The problem is a anil Eiirses, who feel it problem, Dr. Oshiro ally wrong, to perform "but the trend to fluoreda- tions. Abortions in Canada is irreversible creased by more than 300 Asked whether Dr. Oshl- cent last year over 1970, and being the chancellor of tlie survey shows many doctors of l.cllibriclgc would nurses refused to take part Ihc AMA, Dr. C 1 n r k yes, but Dr. Oshiro said Tile shortage of university has other, more rists and usycliiatric nurses areas to look into ,-nul universal and there can be will try to provide a bal- overnight solutions to leadership to the uni- such as those faced by t h c The Hire-a-Student branch of the Canada Manpower Centre, will open its office lo the public Ihe first week in May. and wil'. follow much the same pat- tern as 1S7I, said Jim Kana- shiro, senior Manpower coun- sellor. It is the fourth session of the campaign in Ihc second district session. Dis- trict offices will te luealwi in Mncleod, Pincher Creek, Clarcsholm, Cardslon and Tabor. In 1971. the student offices registered 2.400 students. l.tiOO in the city and from the dis- trict. Jobs were located for 70 per cent of those who regis- tered, the great majority in private businesses. The number of students is ex- pected to increase Lo approxi- mately this year. in May The Hire-a-Ktudent office is supported by Ihe Canada Man- power Centre, the department o( youth, the University of Letli- bridgc. the I.cthbridge Commu- nity College, the Lethliridge Labor Council, Hie City of LelhbridHe and the news media. The officials also provide in- formation on the federal and provincial government oper- ated summer employment pro- grams for students. The federal government has estimated that stu- dents will be looking for work this summer, an increase over 390.000 in 1971. The number of student of- fices in CMC have increased accordingly. There will be live major centres in the Prairie provinces. Friendship Centre open through donation generosity Junior Achievement Week soon April 10 to 15 has been dft- clared Junior Achievement Week in The Achievers will hold open liousc at the city hall annex building Wednesday evening. Saturday is their annual Trade Fair, to be held at (he Centre Village Mall. Products of the five companies will ho displayed. This is the last lime the prod- ucts will be available for snlc, as tile companies are prepar- ing for liquidation, not resum- ing operations until the first week in October. Next week's celebrations Mill end Sunday with a southern Al- berta conference hosting del- egates from Calgary at tho Lcthbridge Community College. Thirty Lefhoridge "Achievers will attend. Workshops will be held on management, finance, produc- tion and sales until 5 p.m., with a dance following. Small donations by the pub- lic and various Lclhbridge or- ganizations have kept the Lclh- bridge Friendship Centre open. Nearly has been donat- ed, which accounted for a year- end balance of 552.B2 reported at trie Lcthbridge Native Friendship Society annual meeting. However, while the centre has been assured a op- erating budget, tlie money is not expected to arrive until mid-May. As a result the centre is being kept open by qualified vol- untocor staff. The society's teen orglliiza- tion is financially faring better than its parent organization. They recorded a S250 bank bal- ance. The teen group handles its own finances ajid collects expense money through var- ious functions they sponsor. Another Friendship Society group, the Rosalia House Com- miltci', has collected about towards developing a re- habilitation centre for women with drug and alcohol prob- lems. However, Ihe money collccl- i cd to date is fcr short of lha estimated required to apply for provincial support. FRAME STYLES FROM AROUND-THE- WORLD PRESCRIPTION C( Friendship executive elected The Lelhbridge Friends h i p Centre of Soulhern Alberta So- ciety elected its 1972-73 execu- tive at the group's annual meeting. Elected as president w a s Nelson Small T-cgs; and as di- rectors: Rose Ycllowfeet, Annie Cotlon, Bob Kasting, Normbert Bruiser! Head, Agnes Smith and Rudy Haugeneder. AUCTION BARN 2508 2nd Ave. N. Mr. F. H. West, who lias soft] hfs home, has instrucled us to offer for sale by Public Auction the following line of household furnilurc at The Auction Barn, 2508 2nd Avenue Noflh. SATURDAY, APRIL 8th 1 p.m. TERMS CASH NO RESERVE Beauriful five-piaca mahogany bedroom tulle, brown lealher rcclincr, beige chesterfield and chair in good ton- dition, iwivcl rocker, TV, lamps, chrome leilchen mile wfih (our chairs, 13 cu ft. fridge, 30" eleclrtc range, BEAUTIFUL EIGHT PLACE SETTING LIMOGES CHINA Good Hoover upright vacuum cleaner, floor poliiher, carpet sweeper, 2 end tables, electrical kit- chen appliances, Maying washer, single waih lub. Older drop leaf Fable, numerous chairs, dishes, poll and pans, clcc'ric reel lawn mower, lawn roller, lawn choirs, garden tools, and many more Itftmi loo numeroul la list. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT AUCTION BARN Phona 327.1222 250B 2nd Ave. N. Auctioneer: Bill HOPE-lic. 845 Sales Manager: RAY CUUEY Students approve fee increase Student fees at the University of Lethbridge may be increased to help pay for inler univer- sity athletics and intramural sports. A student referendum held Wednesday showed 60 per cent of the students favored an in- crease of 52.50 or more while per cent were opposed to any increase. A total of 457 sturjcsts 37 per cent of the student body- cast ballots. The result of the vote will be presented to the Students' So- ciety Council meeting early text week and a decision will be made at that time on wheth- er lo authorize a fee increase. The present fee rate is per semester. A student spokesman said the university administration ap- i parently plans little or no sup- port for these programs and the students' council is trying to take up the slack. Recruitment drive at U of L A two member student com- mittee lias launcher! a recruit- ment, drive in an effort to at- tract graduating high school siudsnlii lo (Jic University of IjcLhbridgc. Letters have been sent to members of Lhc university sen- ate asking them lo conUct scljxils in their rcipecLive areas in an effort lo organize student tours of the U of L. The university is osing many pclenlial students 'rom tire Crawsnest PZES, Bow Island and Vauxhall areas to he University of Calgary. Hie decision to launch the rc- o-uitment drive was sparked by the enrolment problems at the U of L and resulting con- over the quality of educa- tion lhal uill he offered in the future as a result of dwindling attendance figures. Conservatory concert p.m. in Sunday at 2 The United Conscrvfitory of Music, whose concert was or- iginally scheduled for March 26, will present a performance by ils FlucUinls Sunday al 2 p.m. in the Lethhridge Collegiate Institute. The 150 performers have been sludcnls at the conserva- tory for less than eight weeks. An accordion group from the Red Deer studio will entertain, LCI I as well as three groups from Calgary one on Spanish gui- lar, one on steel guitar, and one rock and roll combo. I Tickets purchased for the or- iginal performance will still be honored, and others avail-1 able from the conservatory of- fice or at the door. Proceeds will assist In meet- j ing the costs of student com petitions. HOSE-EYE VIEW- Canvas and rubber Fire hoses re- quire special treatmenl afler USB. Before being placed back an a lire truck for storage unlil Ihe next fire call, rhe 50-fool-long lengths of hose must be dried. This pic- fure was tuken from the top of the fiO-foct-high drying lower at the No. 1 fire hail on 2nd Ave. S, Stairs lead- ing to Ihe lop of Ihe lower con be 5Cen an Ihe piclure's perimeter, the hose lenglhs nearer the cenlre, and a firefighler operating ihe winch used lo haul ihc hoses up at the very cenlre (the bottom of Ihe tower Phil Faulds pholo Skating on Saturday There will he a public skating at Adam's Park Ice Centre from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, the cily's community services department announces. Regu- lar admission will be charged. QUALITY DENTURE CLINIC Capitol Furniture fildf, Certified Denial Mechanic EDDY DIETRICH I PHONE 328-76B4 HIGH CLIMB Mount Robson. the highest mountain in the Canadian Rock- ies, wasn't scaled unlil 1925. tETHBRIDGE HISTORICAL SOCIETY MEETING TUESDAY, APRIL 11 8 SIR ALEXANDER GALT MUSEUM Speaker: CHIEF JUDGE L. S. TURCOTTE Topic: HISTORY OF THE LEGAL PROFESSION IN SOUTHERN ALBERTA The Royal Trust 740 4lh Ave. S- invites everyone lo attend Ihc meRling FOR SALE (NO AGENTS PLEASE) Price All main floon hardwood Priced low for quick tola Address: 1505 13th Street South Phone 327-8001 before 10 p.m. MORTGAGE CAN BE OBTAINED 1280 iq. fl. Taxei Atlachcd garage Newly decorated New roof Developed bailment Rumpui Room Bedroom Bolhroom 2 large bedreomi and U' x TT (wall lo wall) living room I7'.V x 13' Large dining room 14' x 9' Front and back ilept Tiled polio Large 64' x 125' lot MADE IT! You now have a one stop speed shop in Lethbridge. We hope to be able to help you with all the latest in speed equipment and the best of service. We feel we can elimi- nate all that waiting- and special ordering. We're not of- ficially open on Monday, April 10th, but feel free to drop by if there is anything you require. Please bear with us for at least another week so we can get organized to be able to properly process your orders. "If you want professional help, do business with professionals" TROJAN AUTOMOTIVE LTD, 210 13 Street S., Lethbridge, Alta. Phone 328-0804 Open 9-6 Mon., thru Sat. 9-9 Thurs. and Fri. SEE OUR AD ON PAGE 19 FOR SOME SUPER PRIZES TO BE GIVEN AWAY ON APRIL 15 ;