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Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - March 13, 1971, Lethbridge, Alberta ; - THIIITHMIDOI HtlALD - Saturday, March 19, 1t7l Your horoscope By Jean* Dixon SUNDAY, MARCH 14 Your Birthday Today: A phase opens of fluent upward movement in your career. External conditions are changing swiftly, new technologies coming to regular use. You can go along with the times and do well thru consistent effort: Social experience is livelier in the next year or two. ARIES (March 21 - April 19): Be willing to venture into the urtfam^iflf aad unplanned this Sunday, but take along your mate or a companion. Tba goal is experience rather than material gain. TAURUS (April 20 - May 20): Get an early start, your morning routines squared away, as things are likely to happen to keep you on the jump. GEMINI (May 21  Jane 20) Everybody you are interested in has somebody else bidding for attention too. Encourage younger people. Set both an example and a guide line. CANCER (Jane 21  July 22): Turn to family and home building - begin with an expression of your feelings, a token of love and involvement. There is much to do today. LEO (July 22  Aug. 22): Today's electric quality tempts you to sudden competitive Doctors too busy to make choice OTTAWA (CP) - Saving a few lives at great expense or supplying essential medical services to the many is the agonizing choice arising from soaring health care costs, suggests an expert on medical economics. Dr. D. D. Gellman, a Winnipeg specialist in internal medicine, says doctors are too deeply involved with individual patients to. be able to resolve this conflict. It is up to the public, through governments, to choose whether transplants or other costly care that benefits only a few should have priority over extending essential medical services to everyone. Writing in the current issue of the Canadian Medical Association Journal, Dr. Gellman says: "The time may soon come when society may formally and according to a plan-as it does Buzzes pain away SAN ANTONIO, Tex. (AP) -Patients suffering from chronic and severe pain soon may get relief from an electronic vibrator that buzzes the pain away- The water-thin inch-long device is implanted into the spinal cord where it sends a low-powered radio signal to the nearby tissues. "We give the patient a buzzing or a sensation of vibration," said the developer of the device, Dr. C. Norman Shealy, chief of neurosurgery at the Gunderson Clinic of Madison, Wis. "The pain is then blocked just like novocain*." Dr. Shealy, in a paper presented at the Neuro-Electric Society conference here, said that the device was tested on more than 150 persons with almost uniform success. He said the buzzing sensation in non-pain-detecting tissue blocks out the pain felt in other parts of the spinal cord. A receiver, implanted just below the collar bone, gets signals from a transmitter about the size of a cigarette package. The patient controls the intensity aid pulsing of the buzzer by adjusting the transmitter. Dr. Shealy said his buzzer will be generally available "if all goes well in the final phases of development" by this summer or early fall. He said the cost of the operation to implant the device and the device itself will be about $1,000- now informally and haphazardly -deny expensive treatment to some individuals in order that less expensive facilities may be made available to a larger number of other individuals." Dr. Gellman, chairman of the CMA's council on medical economics, says specialists too often control development of medical programs. HEROIC, BUT . . . The result was "inordinate" effort spent on investigation and treatment of interesting but rare conditions and in heroic but frequently unsuccessful attempts to postpone death without regard for the quality of the life that the patient would have to endure. In assessing the squeeze on available funds to pay for medical services, Dr. Gellman notes these factors: -From 1953 to 1958 in Manitoba costs of comprehensive physfciains' services rose at the same rate as per-capita income while the cost of hospital services rose twice as fast. -In the last 40 years, the death rate decreased at the same rate as in the 1920s, when costs were a fraction of today's. Average and median ages of death increased but at a steadily falling rate. -Improvement in average life expectancy in the 1950-66 period was negligible for males of all ages and "somewhat less than dramatic for females." -Costs and income trends, continued at present rates until 2000, will mean hospital costs consume 25 per cent of personal income. Dr. Gellman says the questions about spending money on heart tansplants rattier than on providing community doctors other medical procedures as di-might aslo be asked, or about such other medical procedures as dialysis programs, intensive care units and mass screening for cancer of the cervix. Expropriation report soon EDMONTON (CP) - The initial report on expropriation in Alberta is scheduled to be released in May, Wilbur Bowker, director of the law society's research committee said here. Mr. Bowker, speaking at a Rotary Club luncheon, said Al-bertans can expect the report to recommend "fair provision for market value and disturbance compensation." "I expect the report will also recommend that those whose land is being expropriated is given a say in the proceeding; and should make a recommendation concerning what tribunal will be allowed to fix the value of the expropriated property." GOREN ON BRIDGE BY CHARLES H. GOREN le ltn: �� TM> CMcm* TrlteMI WEEKLY BRIDGE QUIZ Q. l-As South, neither vulnerable, you hold: *AQJ10SS A