Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - June 29, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta
Thursday, It, 197J THE lETHBRIDGE HUAID 15 Medical care costs come high Dy DEIUK HODGSON Canadian Press Statf Writer Canadians, depending on where they live, can have their leetli out, bones mended, have an abortion or a vascc- tomy, give birth or even die under the financial umbrella of a government-administered health plan. However, the cost is high. The provincial plans cost in excess of billion last year and a Cross-Canada Survey by The Canadian Press indi- cates that most provincial health departments expect the cost trend will continue up- ward. British Columbia, Alberta, Ontario, Nova Scotia and New Brunswick all indicated more costs were in' the offing. Coverage under the plans is not uniform. Some provinces allow simple ma'e sterilization and abortion while others do Eomo allow at least par- tial coverage of the lees for professions such as chiropractic and optical. Premiums also vary widely. None cf the Atlantic provinces cliai'ges premiums. British Columb'i charges premiums for me-'cal care only. Prem- iums cost an Ontario family a year. In Quebec the premium is 8-10 of one per cent of annual salary. OPPOSITION FADED The survey also showed that despite early opposition to medical care insurance, the medical profession appears to have accepted the plan and the'majority of doctors, whep a choice is available have opted Into the plans and use the government as their bill collector. Most provinces pay for health costs incurred outside the province and new resi- dents usually become eligible for coverage when benefits from their previous province runs out, normally in three months. Much of the cost of the var- ious plans is borne by the fed- eral treasury. The health department esti- mates that for the 1972-73 fis- cal year provinces will re- ceive these amounts: Newfoundland, million In hospital insurance pay- ments and million for medical Insurance plus in professional training grants; Prince Edward Island ?5.8 million for hospital insur- ance, million medical and 521.COS In training grants. Nova Scotia, minion, million and New Brunswick million, million and Ontario, million, million and Manitoba, million, million and Alberta, mil- lion, million and British Columbia, mil- lion, million and Instead of hospital pay- ments and training grants, Quebec has opted for a tax Chess matches go hig-time NEW YORK (AP) Promo- tional aspects of the Fischer- Spassky world championship INSURANCE LIABILITY Q BONDS AUTO 9 FIRE ROSSITER AGENCIES LTD. ESTABLISHED 1911 Lower Flaar 517 4lh Ave. S. Phone 327-1541 Business failures decrease OTTAWA (CP) There were 883 business failures across Canada during the first three months of this year, a slight decrease from the reported in the first quarter of 1971, Sta- tistics Canada reported Wednes- day. The decrease came wholly In Quebec, as all other regions showed increases in eommercia failures under the bankruptcy and winding-iip acts. There were 16 failures in lh( Atlantic provinces, up from 14 32i in Quebec, down from 390 356 in Ontario, up from 345; on the Prairies, up from 97; am n? in British Columbia, up from 58. Total liabilities of bankrup firms for the first quarter o this year was million down from million tor th same period in 1971. hess match are becoming as mportant as they are in any Ig-league sport. Cfies s matches are not usually happenings. But with the een interest caused by Ameri- an Bobby Fischer challenging lussian Boris Spassky for the vorld title, it's a different situa- ion. The Icelandic Chess Federa- ion has put up close to or the 24-game match, to be leld for two months in Keykja- 'ik, Iceland, starting July 2. The games will be played in he Reykjavik Sportshall, which seals about persons. The match will be open to the pub- ic, and tickets will cost a or for the 24 sched- jled games. Of the put up, about will be paid in prizes to the players, the federation said. Fischer, 29, and Spassky, 35, will also divide 60 per cent of the income from films and tele- vision. The federation has signed a contract with Chester Fox and Co. Inc. for exclusive worldwide visual rights, including rights to film the match and still photos of the match taken inside the Sportshall. point yield. Medical Insurance payments from Ottawa are estimated at million. Here is the picture by prov- inces of the medical-hospital insurance plans and their scope: MANITOBA Manitoba Health Services Commission reports costs of hospital and medical care for the 1971 calendar year were a record million. The Mani- toba scheme covers'some in- hospital dental work, optome- tric examination, some chiro- practic treatment. Vasectomies are not In- eluded In the plan but ap- proved therapeutic abortions are. Premiums range from a month for a single person to for a family. SASKATCHEWAN Medical care Insurance costs about million last year and annual premiums range from for a single person to for a family. There are no limits on basic coverage and a utilization fee was abolished last year by the legislature. ALBERTA There is a limit to coverage in public hospital in the Alberta plan. It pays some chiropractic and optometric services and up to an hour for psychother- apy. 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