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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - January 15, 1975, Lethbridge, Alberta Ottawa may pay more health costs MARC LALONDE DEPTH FEET The average depth of the Pacific Ocean is feet. YAMAHA ORGANS I New and Used COLLEGE MALL Phone 328-3694 OTTAWA (CP) The federal government may soon be contributing more money toward the cost of the country's health services, Health Minister Marc Lalonde said Tuesday. He told reporters at the fed- eral-provincial health minister's conference that a committee will be set up to study present cost-sharing legislation to determine whether the federal gov- ernment present pay the cost of al- ternative, and presumably less expensive health services run by the provinces. Mr. Lalonde said the federal government would agree to pay additional costs "only in the context of existing namely the Medical Care Act, the .Hospital Insurance Act and the Diagnostic Services Act. However, he was not pre- pared to discuss federal financing of alternative ser- vices to intensive care in hospitals unless the provinces show that the funds would be spent more efficiently. Alter- native services might include nursing homes, home care and ambulatory services. If agreement is reached, it would not necessarily mean health costs would be reduced, he said. However, Ottawa would expect a reduction in the rate of increase of health costs. An agreement would appear to meet the demands of 'most provincial governments which have been complaining about being locked in a rigid financ- ing system preventing more efficient use of funds to finance priority health programs. Manitoba Health Minister Larry Desjardins told the meeting that rising costs were restricting the province's ability to take the initiative toward less expensive health programs. Estimates are that the provincial governments will spend billion this year on health programs for which no federal' cost-sharing is available. Mr. Lalonde said the possi- ble extension of federal financing would not include support for dental care or drug care programs being operated or proposed by some provinces. Participation in these areas would require separate legislation and the federal government has no intention -of becoming involved at present, he said. Quebec Social Affairs Minister Claude Forget proposed extention of existing financial agreements for three years, providing the federal contribution was ex- panded immediately to include all health programs. However, delegates at the closed meeting said the pro- posal was not discussed in de- tail and that Quebec may be prepared to accept the federal proposal. Meanwhile, Saskatchewan Health Minister Walter Smishek said resolution of the financial problem was a priority in reviewing a federal working paper on health policies. The paper, published last May, puts emphasis on en- vironmental and behavioral risks such as automobile ac- cidents and physical neglect as factors affecting the nation's health, as well as its medical bills. During discussion of the re- port, the Atlantic provinces is- sued a joint statement which identified alcoholism, dental health and nutrition as the re- gion's most pressing health problems. The statement said that the Atlantic provinces have "a greater backlog of unmet need" for health care than many other parts of Canada, but are less well equipped to deal with the backlog. The meeting also discussed alcoholism and mental health problems, and Mr. Lalonde said recommendations on these topics would be contain- ed in a communique to be released at the end of the conference today. Ontario Health Minister Frank Miller is expected to submit a proposal today ask- ing the federal government to limit the number of foreign medical doctors entering practice each year. Mr. Miller told reporters savings of million a year within five years might be achieved by cutting in half the influx of non-Canadian doc- tors. He said additional doctors cost the province to each on an annual basis in expanded facilities and medical-care costs. Mr. Lalonde, however, be- lieves the best way to trim es- calating costs is with more ef- ficient spending. Wednetday, January 15, 1975 THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD 5 Congratulations... INTERNATIONAL TRUCK BODY LTD. on YOUR OPENING WE ARE PLEASED TO BE PROVIDING INSURANCE COVERAGE FEDERATED INSURANCE P.O. Box 1056 Lethbridge BUSINESS HOME CAR LIFE Specialists in Insurance lor Business since 1904 W.T. (WILL) CHARLESWORTH, District Manager Phone 327-8706 Congratulations INTERCONTINENTALTRUCK BODY LTD. COALDALE on their GRAND OPENING from ACKLAND'S LIMITED 2nd Ave.S 11th St.S. Phone 328-8111 STORE WIDE Levis and Lees In Hopsacks, Polyester and Cottons. 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