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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - January 3, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta 8 THI IETHMIDGE HERALD Monday, January 3, 1972 B.C. doctors: Fight or settlement? KELLY Canadian 1'rcss Science Writer OTTAWA (CP) A crucial singe has been readied in rela- tions between the British Col- umbia government and the province's doctors, say authori- ties here. Government officials and medical groups across Canada are watching with interest the cm-rent deadlock in B.C. on pay- ment of medical care insurance bills. Opinion is divided about the possible outcome. Some authori- ties predict an open clash and withdrawal of doctors from the medical care ijisurance plan. Others expect a last-minute agreement. The situation is unusual in a province with the only doctors in Canada to opt unanimously for participation in govern- rtent-run medical care insur- ance. Only Uiree liave opted out since the initial decision. At issue are a new schedule o[ fees, which the profession will put into effect Jan. 1, and the government's declared intention to place a top limit on the amount of increase in total medical care insurance pay- menls in 1572. The new fee schedule repre- sents an increase of about OV2 per cent in the total impact of medical fees charged. The chief Lcncficiarics will be genera] practitioners and internists. OFFER LOOKS GOOD On the Tace of it the govern ment seems to be offering more than the doctors are demanding Premier W. A. C. Bennett has said [hat for 1372 gross medica care payments must not in crease more than 18.3 million above the 1971 total that by no more than 10 per cent. But that dollar figure covers not just the increase in the fee schedule but also any increase in use of doctors services by pa tients and any increase in Uie numbers of doctors practising. A mailed ballot now is being taken by the B.C. Medical Asso- ciation on the government's offer. Informants say preliminary returns indicate an ovedwhelm- ing rejection of Mr. Bcnnctt'5 offer. PENTAGON PAPERS INDICTMENTS-Dr. Daniel Ells- berg, left, and Anthony J. Russo were named in an indict-, ment by a U.S. federal grand jury in Los Angeles. The indictment charged them with the thefl and distribution of the once classified Pentagon Papers on the Vietnam war. Hijackers iailing more often WASHINGTON (AP) Claiming substantial progress in combating air piracy, Transpor- tation Secretary John A. Volpe said here more than half of all attempted aircraft hijack- ings in the U.S. failed last year. "From 1930 through 1967 hi- jackers succeeded in 76 per cent of their Volpe said at a news conference. "In he said, "hijackers were successful in only 42 per cent of their attempts and all of Ihj out of 26 at- brought about by positive actions on the part of airline or security personnel." Two deterrents, he said, have been electronic monitoring and tha department's program to put sky marshals aboard j planes. Attempted skyjackings total- led 34 in 1969 and 40 in 1970, he said. Results arc to be made public next week along with advice from the association on the course of action that doctors cai follow. The choice is up to individual doctors. One authority not involved in the dispute says the government offer in total effect will just about equal the fee-schedule change, provided the population increase in B.C. continues at or below its normal rate of about three per ceiJt a year. But if the population rises more than that, or the use of doctor services takes a big up- swing, or the number of doctors in practice rises substantially, the 18.3 million increase will probably mean less money for most doctors. The doctors argue that they agreed to the government's re- quest a year ago not to put into effect the planned fee-schedule increase because of the state of the economy. Trudeau appears everyivhere now Marathon buys Montreal hotel MONTREAL (CP) The Laurentian Hotel has )een purchased by Marathon Realty Co., a subsidiary of Ca- nadian Pacific Investments it was announced here. The hotel was owned by Laur- entian Hotel Co., a wholly- owned subsidiary of Sheraton Hotels, part of the ITT Sheraton Corp. of the United States. Sale price was not disclosed. The hotel, located at the cor- ner of Peel Street and Dorches- er Boulevard in downtown Montreal, was built after the Second World War and first opened its doors in February, MB. Marathon Realty said Uie Btel will continue to operate rith its present staff and man- agement. It was acquired as an nvestment. By PAVE McINTOSIF OTTAWA (CP) Prime Min- ister Trudeau has been setting a furious political pace lately. He has been making holding news oonfercrjces anc individual ir.terviows, appearing on radio sr.u television shows, participating in question-and-an- sessions with students and others and attending the Com- mons regularly for question pe- riod. Liberal tacticians say it's all part oi the game plan, Mr. Tru- deau's current expression for any kind of strategy, political, economic or what have you. And the game plan at the mo- ment, they say is, not necessar- ily election, though they con- cede it might well look that way. Liberal organizers bad felt in recent months that not enough was being done to spell out what the Trudeau government had done and was doing in the w_y of progressive, constructive legislation. GIVEN THE WORD This message was passed to Mr. Trudeau and he has been taking every opportunity to ex- hibit the government's wares. There has been some specula- tion on Parliament Hill that Mr. Trudeau has been working so bard politically that he may have peaked 'too soon for the next election. Liberal party workers dismiss this possibility, not unnaturally. Liberal strategists foresee some time before any decision on the timing of a general elec- tion. ELECTION WARMUP Salaries raised OTTAWA (CP) A three- year agreement raising the av- erage salary of government psychologists to from was announced bcre by the treasury board. The agreement covers 47 employees, mainly employed in the Canadian Penitentiary Service and veterans, affairs department. It gives the psy- chologists a six per cent raise effective July 6, 1970, six per cent last July 5 and another five per cent July 3, 1972. Fatty beef to be shipped EDMONTON (CP) About pounds of specially pro- duced ucof is to be shipped to Japan in late January with the product aimed at reaching the country's restaurant market. Dr. Dean Howes of the Uni- versity of Alberta said 87 cows have been fed a special diet since June to produce a fat, highly marbled carcass. The beef is similar to kobe meat, a highly finished type traditionally produced in Ja- pan. The university and the Alber- ta cattle which was established In 1969 to lid marketing with a 10-cent-a- head levy against all beef sold in the province, have been try- ing to enter the Japanese mar- ket. Frank Galtey, chairman of the commission, said about 3S animals will be slaughtered in Edmonton and shipped ar- rive in Tokyo in early Feb- ruary. There was no indication of price. The cows, mostly three and four-year-olds were culled from herds mostly because of Infer- tility. But tho party is vanning up in Ihe meantime. The Liberal campaign com- mittee is established and func- tioning so it can assure Mr. Trudeau it will be ready to go v.'hcB he gives the word. Richard Stanbury, president of the National Lib- eral Federation, says Liberals are asking a lot of questions' across the country but that there lias been no erosion of the organization. He says be has been re-as- sured by a cross-Canada trip that Liberals are ready and willing to work for re-election. "JF I RUN" Meanwhile, Finlay Macdonald of Halifax is due at Conserva- tive party headquarters here soon to take over management of his party's election strategy. He is a broadcaster and a for- mer party vice-president. The Liberals, "incidentally, did I not when Mr. Trudeau on Dec. 22 inserted three little I a news conference reply. One Liberal said: "I think everyone recognized it was one of those 'jie prime minis- ter likes to thi TO out." Since then. Mr. Trudeau has said he has "no intention of not running." m SIMPSONS-SEARS KNITTING CLASSES 13. week course itorh Wednesday, Jan. 21st 1972 to Saturday, April 14th, 1972. 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