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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - April 24, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta Wednesday, April 24, 1974-THi LETHBRIDQE HERALD-23 Single file Sheep m the Barrhead area about 40 miles animals have died in heavy flooding through- northeast of Edmonton move toward shelter on a out all three Prairie provinces and many more have small island caused by floodwaters. Hundreds of been saved from rising waters. National medical computer worries insurance officers BOSTON (AP) Is the United States headed toward a monster computer filled with medical intimacies of the citi- zenry, with which the govern- ment might abuse civil liber- ties? "I hope not But the possi- bility scares me. It really said Ned Parish, presi- dent of the national Blue Shield Association in Chicago. Parish's concern is echoed by colleagues in the billion-a-year health- insurance industry, which insures at least 180 million Americans. Most of these people have their insurance claims handled by computer At least a portion of their medical records are in electronic data banks A national medical records computer can be only as evil as the controls placed on it permit, said Eugene Siberry, executive vice-president of the national Blue Cross Association. He favors tough restrictions. Siberry, like some other health insurance executives, recounts stories about requests for medical information that came from law-enforcement agencies. Do not answer Blue Cross Association policy is not to answer them unless accompanied by a subpoena. One of the most controversial medical data banks is the Medical Information Bureau (MIB) in Greenwich, Conn., operated "by 700 life insurance companies MIB has information on 12 million people, supplied by member insurance companies and gleaned from life and health insurance applications, claims and reports commis- sioned from consumer in- vestigative agencies. Besides medical facts, information about marital problems, morals and financial affairs are in some individuals' files. Few of the computers are interconnected. Computer experts laugh wryly when they contemplate the expense of standardizing data and linking the insurance computers into a network. But in the existing computers and the push in Congress for a national health insurance program, some people see the seeds of a national computer filled with medical records. It might not be created through grand design as much as through haphazard con- venience. Once in use, possible abuses might tempt government agencies. Helps doctors But such a computer memory also might become a valuable tool for doctors. A businessman who falls un- conscious on an out-of-town trip depends upon an emergency-room doctor who knows nothing about his past medical problems. But what if doctors are able to ask a computer and have the man's medical history minutes later9 They also can learn of his penicillin allergy, slight diabetic condition and the reason for the old scar on his abdomen. For singles only, a reminder. This year only, single blue and yellow licence plates denoting the R.C.M.P. colours are being issued to trucks, buses and taxis. 'TAXI If1 As a reminder, it should be noted that this plate is to be mounted on the rear of a bus, taxi or truck if the vehicle is not designed for the normal use of pulling a trailer. However, in the case of trucks which are designed for or generally used for the towing of trailers, the single plate is to be mounted on the front of the vehicle. And that's all there is to it for 1974. xllbcrta HIGHWAYS TRANSPORT Motor Vehicle Branch WE RESERVE THE RIGHT TO LIMIT QUANTITIES STORE LOCATIONS 2025 Mayor Magrath Drive "College Mall" 420 6th Street South "Downtown" 324 Mayor Magrath Drive Government Inspected Fresh PRICES EFFECTIVE THROUGH SATURDAY APRIL CLOSING. McCALL'S COOKBOOK COLLECTION NOW ON SALE VOLUME 11 12 PORK PICNICS Whole or Shank Half Ib. Government Inspected Canada Grade "A" Beef PRIME RIB ROAST 'The King of Roasts' Trimmed for Easy Carving Ib. Government Inspected Economy Pak BEEF SAUSAGE 1 5-lb. box SO99 Government Inspected Choice Alberta Pork SIDE SPARERIBS Small Meaty Sides Ib. An Economical Blend of Choice Beef Trimmings and Vegetable Protein NUTRI-BURGER Ib. KELLOGGS CORN FLAKES 24 OZ. PKG NETWT. Aylmer VEGETABLE or TOMATO SOUP 10fl.oz. tins Explore DETERGENT 5-lb. net wt. pkg. MAPADnMI or SPAGHETTI VI VII IflnunllUlll 2-lb. net wt. box POWDERED MILK 3LB.PKG NETWT. I KETCHUP 15 FL. 02. BOTTLE MIRACLE WHIP 32 FL 02 JAR LOBLAWS INSTANT COFFEE 6OZ JAR NETWT Loblawt Canadian Procets Cheese Slices 16 02 net wt pkg Gaines Dog Food TOP CHOICE 36 OZ PKG. NETWT WINDEX AEROSOL 20 FL. OZ. TIN IAVEX OZ BOT1 64 FL OZ BOTTLE SWEET and JUICY TEXAS GROWN RED GRAPEFRUIT FOR Loblaws PEAS 14 fl. oz. tin FLEECY 128 FL. OZ. BOTTLE 69 Red Ripe Imported STRAWBERRIES .Pint Baskets aSsWK SAVE14e PAULINS SODAS 49 Plain or Salted WlF 1 LB. PKG NETWT. THIS COUPON EFFECTIVE TILL TUESDAY, APRIL 30th, 1974 REDEEMABLE ONLY AT L-MART. FROZEN FOODS Aunt Hannah's Frozen BREAD DOUGH Package of 16-oz. loaves McCains Frozen FRENCH 2 Ib. net wt. pkg....... ;