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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - February 3, 1971, Lethbridge, Alberta HBAID Mrnwy THE UTKUIOCE HftAlD Ftbnwry Brakes have been applied to higher health care costs By KEX KELLY Canadian Press Science Writer OTTAWA (CP) Brakes ap- plied a year ago to soaring health care costs are beginning to take hold. Federal Health Minister John Mimro said in an interview that the first decline has been recorded in the rate of increase in costs that are nearing ?2.3 billion a year. Costs have been climbing at an average annual rate of more than 16 per cent for four years in the field of hospital insur- ance. An analysis of the various provincial programs now shows the rise will be held to 10 or U per cent in 1971-72. Tba means a reduction of some from previous increases. Financial authorities here and in the provinces are hoping for a comparable limitation on the rate of increase in medical care insurance costs. The full picture in medical care insurance won't be known Nixon trails in U.S. poll NEW YORK (AP) Senator Ednued S. Muskie (Dem. Me.) leads President Nixon 43 per cent to 40 as the choice for pres- ident for the 1972 election, the Harris poll reported here. Gov. George C. Wallace of Alabama polled 11 per cent of the likely voters surveyed by Harris between Jan. 16-20. This was before Nixon's tele- vised State of the Union ad- dress. until more bills are in from Quebec's program (he most re- cent addition to the insurance program. Mr. Munro said most of the improvement in the hospital care picture results from prov- inces implementing recommen- dations from the "task forces" established to examine the whole area cf health care costs. Aanalysis of data on hospital insurance in the provinces indi- cates that the areas of major savings included reduction in lengths of stay by patients and improvements in bed usage. However, federal authorities said the effort to curtail rising health care costs is not yet over the hump. The real test will come late next fall or early in 1972 when an assessment can be made of 1972-73 costs. A reason is that union con- tracts covering hospital employ- ees in several provinces, includ- ing Ontario, will be open for ne- gotiation. Other factors are the degree of inflation and the rate of population growth, which af- fects costs because the health insurance programs are univer- sal. Meanwhile, federal and pro- vincial governments are at- tempting to develop alternative ways of caring for persons who now occupy expensive active treatment beds in hospitals. Mr. Munro said a prime moti- vation in negotiations about to get under way with the prov- inces on health care costs is the need to develop a flexible cost- sharing formula that would cover other forms of bed care. OFTEN CAUSE A loaded firearm in a vehicle is the cause of many shooting accidents and the reason for many conviciions under tlie Game and Fish Act of Ontario. Save 20% 50% on any watch in the store when you trade-in. Look in that drawer full of old stuff and bring in that old lunkie which was gathering dust. Get rid of that old watch that's been lying give dust collectors the "brush off." We'll take any if its case is dented its dial bent, its crystal shattered and its hands twisted into weird shapes. Its spring can be sprung and its case can hang open like a clam on the half shell. Peoples will still give you a generous trade in allowance... sometimes more than you paid for that lunkie when it was new! From 20% to 50% off on any watch in the store. So, take that useless lunkie out of hiding. Let it save you money on a brand new Elgin, Bulova, Accutron, Rolex, Omega or Bertrnar timepiece. February is a short month. Don't let it run out before you trade. PEOPLES WATCH TRADE IN SALE- SAVE 20% to 50% ELGIN LrlJ BULOVA ACCUTRON ROLEX OMEGA Thafs right! 100's of Famous Name Watches to choose from! Use Your Credit... CReDiTjeweLLeRS Open An Account Today! CENTRE VILLAGE MALL OPEN DAILY 9 A.M. TO 6 P.M.; WEDNESDAY 9 A.M. TO 1 P.M.; THURSDAY AND FRIDAY 9 A.M. TO 9 P.M. TELEPHONE 327-1303 ITV HIGHLIGHTS! WEDNESDAY MOVIE: Valentino, p.m., Ch. 7: A 1951 biography of the great silent-screen, Latin lover. Stars Anthony Dexter and Eleanor Parker. SPORTS: C p.m., Ch. 13: The St. Louis Blues and the Toronto Maple Leafs face-off in Toronto. SPECIAL: The Price, p.m., Ch. 9: George C. Scott and Colleen Dewhurst star in Arthur Miller's 1968 Broad- way play about a confrontation, after 20 years, of two dis- similar brothers, DRAMA: Somerset Maugham, S p.m., Ch. 7: A boat wreck forces two unlikely people together a prim, pious woman and an alcoholic man. With Sian Phillips. SPECIAL: Leopold Stokowskl, 9 p.m., Ch. 7: Michael Caine narrates a profile of the 89-year-old, English-bom, American conductor. COMEDY: Music Hall, 9 p.m., Ch. 9: Comedian Don Rickles drips his acid wit on the world of sports., DOCUMENTARY: This Land, 10 p.m., Ch. 7: An In- dian folksinger and friend take a tour of communities and wild areas in Northern Ontario. MOVIE: The Garment Jungle, p.m., Ch. 7: A vio- lent tale of conflicts between unions, gangsters and man- agement involved in the New York clothing industry. Stars Lee J. Cobb and Gia Scala. THURSDAY MOVIE: East of Sumatra, 1 p.nv, Ch. 7: Natives threaten a firm's mining operations on a Pacific Island. Stars Jeff Chandler and Anthony Quinn. MOVIE: The Great Sioux Massacre, 1 p.m., Ch. 13: The story of General Ouster and the events leading up to the battle of Little Big Horn. With Philip Carey and Darren McGavin. INTERVIEW: Roberston Davis, 3 p.m., Ch. 7: Take 30 talks with the Canadian author whose new book, The Fifth Business, has been winning international acclaim. Prawn Johnny Cash Hce Haw (c) News Young Lawyers Dick Cavett ;