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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - August 14, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta 34 THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD Wednesday, August 14, 1974 Ann Landers It's a rainy day Even though the wet weather has a tendancy to hamper many summer activi- ties, many Lethbndge residents enjoy the occassional stroll in the rain As seen Sa Newfoundland residents lack medical services Makeup, hair styles on fashions By JAMES H. HUSSEY CP Correspondent ST. JOHN'S. Nfle. iCPi Like other Canadian prov- inces Newfoundland offers some the most up-to-date health care in the world, yet a large percentage of its "pop- ulation lacks even rudi- mentary medical services. Health officials are con- fronted with an enormous problem in trying to supply medical services to the prov- ince's widely scattered popu- lation. Newfoundland's residents are scattered across the province in more than 800 communities. Although the doctor patient ratio in the large centres is near the national average of one doctor for every 700 residents, it shrinks to about one to in isolated areas. The situation is even more desperate in the field of den- tistry where the dentist- patient ratio is one to 8.000. Last year, an extreme shor- tage in Labrador forced the department of health to fly- doctors from insular New- foundland into the region on an emergency basis. The problem is not the number of doctors but their distribution, said Dr. Robert Butler, chairman of the New- foundland Medical Associa- tion council on medical ser- vi ces. Dr. Butler, who recently- prepared a report for the sodation on medical services in the province, said in an in- terview that the major con- cern is the provision of pri- mary services in the prov- ince's many small outport communities. The provincial government has already taken steps to al- leviate the problem. Recruit- ment programs are active in many Canadian centres and a school of medicine was estab- lished at Memorial University here a few years ago. Students at the school are offered four-year grants by the province if they agree to serve two years in a desig- LOYAL ORDER OF MOOSE 1234-3rd Ave. North This week's Jackpot 55 in 53 Numbers 5 MBDS CARDS PAY DOUBLE DOOR PRIZE AFTERNOON BINGO MOOSE 1234 3rd Ave. North 3 Cards Wormy DOUBLED Weekly Free Cards -u ,-._ Sponsored by The Moose Lodge No Under 16 Allowed to Play-Everybody Welcome Joseph Hair Styles "For All Your Hair Needs At Prices You Can Afford" SUMMER SPECIAL! SHORTCUT and UNI PERM '20 ONLY All Colors and Perms include Shampoo and Set. JOSEPH. ROSEANN. TERRI, MAXINE and MARY LYNN JOSEPH HAIR STYLES nated area and two more years anywhere in the prov- ince after becoming licensed practitioners. However, the medical asso- ciation reports that few stu- dents indicate a willingness to remain in isolated areas once their two-year stint is over and that the grants fail to solve chronic doctor shortages in the outports. Dr. Butler suggests that the government investigate the possibility of creating in- centive programs. One proposal would be an isolation bonus in the form of an income tax exemption amounting to 25 per cent or more of a doctor's income. Transportation to and from. as well as within an area where a doctor works should receive extra consideration and. whenever possible, planes should be made avail- able to doctors working in iso- lation. Dr. Butler said doctors should not be forced to prac- tise in isolation but suggested that veteran practitioners work in association with re- cent graduates and that a registered nurse might also be added to the health team. Dr. Brian Harley, past pres- ident of the medical society, said huge expenditures are needed to revamp the prov- ince's entire health care de- livery system. "Considerable work and money will be necessary to br- ing the province's health care up to par with the rest of he said, noting that per capita annual expenditure in the province is only compared with a national av- erage of Many smaller communities are served by a string of cot- tage hospitals created in the 1930s that fail to meet current health needs, he said. "The provincial govern- ment's cottage hospital sys- tem is obsolete and should be replaced by an integrated and total health plan for the whole province." Dr. Harley said. NEW YORK