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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - December 10, 1970, Lethbridge, Alberta -Thmday, Dacomber 10, 1970 THE IETHBRIDGE HERALD 3 Government ty'dling to re-examine their demands Provinces seek revision of federal payments lor health programs By KEN KELLY Canadian Press Science Writer OTTAWA (CP) Federal and provincial health ministers met here today amid growing pressure from the provinces for a major revision of federal pay- ments to such health programs as medical care and hospital in- surance. Health Minister John Munro is reported to have Informed his provincial counterparts that the federal government is willing to re-examine their demands and may already be on the way to evolving an alternative to the present cost-sharing arrange' ments. Quchcc and Alberta disclosec their demands for financial re- vision shortly after the healtl ministers went behind dosec doors. Coal-carrying rate cut after pressure-Whittaker OTTAWA (CP) A consult- ant to the Coal Operators' Asso- ciation of Western Canada said Tuesday that Canadian Pacific Railway apparently lowered its coal-carrying rate from the coal fields of southern Alberta and British Columbia to the West Coast only after the threat of a competitive rail service arose. W. C. Whittaker told the Ca- nadian transport commission that the coal association tried unsuccessfully in the early 1960s to get CP Rail to lower its rate. But in 1968, when Kootenay and Elk Hail- way Co. proposed a link-up with a U.S. railway, Burlington Northern Inc., to carry coal from Alberta and B.C., CP Rail reduced its rate to S3.50 a ton. The transport commission is continuing study on a Kootenay and Elk application which in- volves the railway's crossing of a CP Rail line already in the coal fields and running on OP Rail track. Burlington Northern would carry the coal from the Canadi- an-U.S. border in Montana through Idaho and Washington before returning to B.C. and Roberts Bank port where tho coal would be loaded onto Japa- nese freighters. VAST SHORTAGES Japanese figures presented to the commission on behalf of Ko- otenay and Elk showed that by 1975 Japan will have coal shor- tages amounting to 27.9 million tons which will have to be filled from foreign sources R. H. Howard, manager of re- search and commercial develop- ment for Kaiser Steel Corp., which has extensive coal hold- ing in B.C. through a subsidi- ary, testified that Canadian coal faces intense competition from other nations for this Japanese business. OOK! Before You Lease Look Into the scope, size aacl services of Eeny Automotive En- terprises Ltd. With our experi- ence, organization and capital, we tailor leasing arrangements to fit needs for maximum service at minimum cost. For facts on leasing cars and trucks contact Boris Koreshcn- kov, Leasing rep. at: BENY AUTOMOTIVE ENTERPRISES LTD. Coiner 2nd Ave. 8th St. S. LethbrJdse, Alberta Phone 327-3145 B. E. Olsen, sales manager ol Kaiser's resources division, told the commission that Japan, in making coal purchases, care- fully analyses coal transport fa- cilities of potential sellers and is especially concerned with the ability of the suppliers to pro- vide coal over more than one railway route to the shipping port, Roberts Bank in Canada's case. This precaution avoided de- lays due to landslides or conges- tion on the primary line. Kootenay and Elk has said that uninterrupted supply of coal to Roberts Bank can be as- sured only by having a second rail route .from the Kootenay re- gion. The hearing continues. Trudeau Asian tour schedule lengthy one OTTAWA (CP) Details of Prime Minister Trudeau's five- country Asian tour next month were announced Tuesday. He will attend the Common- wealth heads-of-government conference in Singapore Jan. 14 to 22. On his way, he will visit Pakistan Jan. 6 to 9 and India Jan. 10 to 13. On his return trip, Mr. Tru- deau will vMt Indonesia Jan. 22 So 25 and Ceylon Jan. 26 to 28. He will arrive home Jan. 29. His office said the visits to Pakistan, India and Ceylon will give the prime minister an op- portunity to discuss with heads >f government Canada's exten- sive bilateral relations with ieir countries, especially in rade and development. Health Minister Claude pas- tonguay of Quebec called for a revision of the formula under which Ottawa pays half the costs of provincial medical and hospital insurance programs. They should be made more flex- ible, he said. At the same time, he sought extension ot coverage to mental hospitals and to dental care for chilc're.n up to nqc seven and op- tometrists services. Health Minister J. D. Hender- son of Alberta pressed for scrapping the whole cost-shar- ing concept based on the fed- eral government having a pro- portion of provincial program costs. He urged this be re- placed by per-capita grants. PROVINCES PRESS It was clear from conversa- tions with provincial delegations that a major drive was being mounted by the provinces for more federal money. The meeting was held behind closed doors but it was clear from conversations with provin- cial delegations that a major drive was being mounted by the p r o v i n c e s for more federal money. A new basis for their de- mands has been provided by Mr. Munro's pressure on them to adopt the cost-cutting propos- als of the federal-provincial task forces on health care costs. These proposals were put be- fore the provinces 13 months ago and a special secretariat and steering committee were set up by a previous conference to deal with implementation. FACE RESISTENCE Several proposals have met with resistance from both pro- vincial governments and health agencies such as !he Canadian Hospital Association. The hospital association ob- jected to establishment of a home care program, proposed as a way of reducing soaring hospital-care costs, rather than extend present hospital-care programs to include home care. The provinces have displayed reluctance to get into commun- ity health centres without more extensive study than was done by the task forces. Alberta Health Minister J. D. Henderson in an opening state- ment to the conference called for federal per-capita grants tied to the cost-of-iiving index as a substitute for the cost-shar- ing formula of the hospital in- surance program. "We strongly urge that the federal government remove it- self as quickly as possible from direct involvement in provin- cially-operated health-care pro- Mr. Henderson's state- ment said. It was the only opening state- ment immediately made public. NEED FEDERAL AID He said continuation of exist- ing cost-shared programs, such as hospital insurance and medi- cal care insurance, depends on federal money. Since other provinces object (o Alberta's previous proposal of transfer of income tax points as a means of for a base year, recognizing all expenditures financed through use of public funds. "The formula should also make provision for an annual adjustment of the base-year per-capita figure in accordance with the cost-of-living index." Alberta suggested the nc-.v formula should be related to the province which had the highest per-capita exuenditure for what- ever base year is selected. Mr. Henderson also said that medical care service could getting this money the per-cap- readily be included in such a ita grant proposal was put for- system of unconditional transfer ward. payments by Ottawa. "We urge the federal govern-j" Alberta "stands unalterably ment to examine the feasibility opposed" to continued federal of replacing existing cost-shared hospitalization programs with a per-capita grant based on the actual annual cost of health services provided to Canadians direct health participation in these insurance programs il greater federal control is the price of curbing runaway hospi- tal and medical care costs. Calvert Double Distilled Whisky: D STILLED Westerners are being won over every day to Calvert Double Distilled Whisky. That's because Double Distilled is the finest value in the West and because Double Distilled doesn't lose robustness when we make it smooth. Anyway, one sip and you'll be won over too. Calvert Double Distilled is made right here in the west. Calvert Double Distilled Calvert of Canada Ltd, Gimli, Manitoba E3 PROOF! Mattel Sizzlers Newport Racer Set Hoyts Regular Low Price 13.98. 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