Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - March 11, 1971, Lethbridge, Alberta
10 - THI UTHBRIDOE HIRAID - Thursday, March It, 1971 Medic services distribution poor OTTAWA (CP) - Nearly 40 per cent of Canadians appear to get less service for their medical care insurance dollar but pay the same rates as everyone etee. This is the implication of an extensive study by two University of Toronto sociologists of 240 single-industry communities in Ontario with a population of 30,000 or less. More than 8,000,000 Canadians now live in communities of that size or smaller and the study produces evidence of a variety of ways in which medical serv- ices to them are impaired. The study concludes that at least 30,000 population is needed to maintain basic medical services. The authors aire Dr. Rex A. Lucas, associate professor of sociology, and Alexander Hinsel-farb, sociology instructor at Er-indale College. PART OF BOOK Published in the current issue of the Canadian Journal of Public.Health, it is part of a more extensive work by the two men to be published by University of Toronto Press under the name Tory MP tells Commons successful marriage ratio OTTAWA (CP) - Anyone who thinks marriage can be a 50-50 partnership is in severe trouble, Jack Bigg (PC-Pembina) said Tuesday. He told the Commons the only successful marriages are those with a 90-10 ratio working both ways. "Unless the male spends 90 per cent of his time trying to please the little woman and unless the woman spends 90 per cent of her time trying to please that ornery male, that marriage will fail," Mr. Big* said. Mr. Bigg was speaking during debate on a New Democrat motion calling for implementation by the government of recommendations contained in a recent report of the royal ART DIETRICH DENTURE CLINIC Certified Dental Mechanic Metropolitan Bldg. 328-4095 commission on the status of women. Women should not lose sight of the fact that they had been "ordained by the Almighty" as child-bearers and have enjoyed an "enshrined" statu* since men came out of the trees, he said. Women lacked hip muscles, biceps and other features necessary for heavy, demanding work. Women traditionally had been responsible for "cooking the bacon which the men brought home." Many of those who now belong to women's liberation groups, Mr. Bigg said, would be better advised to pay greater heed to the views of their parents and show more "honor for their fathers and mothers." "My views are those of my old grandmother who thought having : babies was a good thing and had great respect! for human life," he added. Mr. Bigg was married in 1937 and has three children. Minetown, Milltown, Railtown: Life in Canadian Communities of Single Industry. The authors say in such communities "the problems of providing medical services are staggering." "Nevertheless, the citizens of these areas have desired, and with prepaid medical insurance, will insist upon adequate if limited medical services." The authors suggest that the same kind of maldistribution of medical care is found in the Soviet Union although the two systems of medical practice are unlike in structure and organization. "In Canada, as in the U.S.S.R., the situation involves both the distribution and the number of physicians. Our sample indicates (hat the number of doctors available to the population of the 240 communities in any one year is not increasing. "Between 1963 and 1968 the number of doctors in practice decreased by 10." They found that the 176 doc-f. o r 1 e s s communities-93 per cent without a doctor for 11 years or more-all kinds of improvisations arise. The uncertainty of medical help is a chronic worry for residents and the conmunities "are the preserve of the patent medicine almanac." Granny or other relatives replace the pediatrician and what the older residents don't know about acne, pregnancy, menstrual cycle or menopause can be found in the home medical encyclopedia. A trained nurse or even a nurse's add is called on to do su-t u r i n g, deliveries, injections, disinfections, diagnoses as well as nursing care. The doctorless community which has never seen an M.D. is probably better off than the one that has one for a short time. . It has an unorthodox but reasonably e f f 1 c i e n t system of maintaining at least minimum health services. When the trained expert arrives, this network tends to fall into disrepair, leaving a gap if the doctor then leaves. Residents of the one-doctor town are better off but it is tough on the doctor who finds it hard to maintain expertise and, "cursed with the feeling of in-dispensability," misses vacations and takes no refresher courses. The longer he stays the more he gets personally involved with his patients, making it difficult to maintain his professional detachment in diagnosis and treatment. At the same lime, it becomes harder for a newcomer to break in. His mistakes quickly become common knowledge, perhaps affecting confidence, the authors say. Compensations include an assured practice and deeper and more extensive knowledge of patients that can help in hix practice. Moscow protests U.S. action MOSCOW (Reuter) - The Soviet foreign ministry Wednesday sent a note to the U.S. embassy in Moscow, protesting alleged American plans to explode an underwater device in the western Atlantic. The Soviet news agency Tass said the protest note accused the United States of planning to "contradict the generally-recognized norms of international law and grossly violate the principle of freedom of the seas." An instrument of sound, such as the table radio, should be good enough to earn its owner's pride and respect. 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