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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - March 26, 1971, Lethbridge, Alberta 197 THE IETHBRIBGE HEPAID 25 Calgary mayor raps hospital financin i the hos BIAT INFLATION SHOP Bv JIM MAYBIE to pay for regional Herald Start Writer i he Calgary and Edmonton CALGARY Rod are by far the largest centres Svkes of Calgary teak strongfor facilities and doctors Peo eicepaon here Wednesday horn througnas smiaern the woviaces proposed meth1 Alberta use the hospitals ana od of financing services in both centres Its ridiculous that Calgary Under the province s pro ud Edmonton taxpayers have i posed the provincial Virtue outlines change in policy Lethbridge lamer Charles president of AHA and a member of the Lethbridge Mu nicipal Hospital ex pressed his views on the sub ject as a In the past the province has paid all costs of operating hos pitals with the exception of about million yearly which it has held back in an attempt to keep a rein on The government is no longer going to do It will no long er guarantee the cost of oper ating hospitals It is going to provide a grant for operating costs below the Tax payers in the contributing mu nicipalities are going to pay the The change in control is as significant as the financial he Boards used to controi and run They used to relate on a one toone basis with ths deputy rdnister cf health There are no longer going to be autono mous Hospitals will have a board of which is under the thumb of regional in who report to dis trict boards which make re quisitions for all hosptals in the district and which receives ad vice from advisory planning councils which will be responsi ble for overall planning for hospitals in the region And then near the top will be the hospital and finance commis sioners and the Hospital Ser vices Commission chairman and And if a hospital can get through all the intermedi there may be a chance of to the health minis Its going to be a long way to the top government will contribute abcut SO per cent of hospital budgets with taxpayers in the hospital district providing the A regional tax base should be to pay for regional ser i Mayor Sykes no the taxpayers in the com munity in which the hospital is All Albertans who use she Calgary and Edmonton fa cilities should pay their Moneys should more properly come from income taxes or re sources i Funding should not be based j on property he I Financing of hospitals would be improved if the province would recognize and accept hospital deficits because then wed get 50 per cent of those deficits back from the federal Costs in the medical care field are up more acutely in the last five years than any thing else except he said with a subtle inference that government involvement was largely In past when hospi tals were privately largely by religious people didnt go to the hospital unless they had Federal and provincial government pol icies are responsible for creat ing the demand for facilities and seivices which exist And this demand has come in an inflationary which proves The federal and provincial governments have each estab j lisbed their own bureaucracies which are poorly i he said They are not entirely of each Efforts should be more he Major told the 200 persons attending the ninth an nual hospital trustees institute sponsored by the Alberta Hos pitals that the hospital board that thinks its controlling the hospital living in another wcikl trol is by the provincial ernment and because it yond tocal thei no practical local cuatiui health he Were helpless but Theme of speeches first of the threeday tion in the Palliser changing philosophy of nancing hospitals Government views given Murray executive di rector of took the gov ernments side of changing philosophy due to the sudden Jlness late Tuesday of Health Minister James who was scheduled to He reviewed the history of iospital financing and the fact that under provincial regula hospitals had nowhere to turn but to the provincial gov ernment for financial Hospital costs have continued to increase but provincial rev enue was not keeping Tie general public has been taking hospital services for unaware of the increased costs because thev didnt directly af fect the individuals pocket book Tiie government feels the general public should be made aware of the costs and have some control over the level of service provided The method of di rect taxpayer is designed to accomplish that The new system doesnt nec essarily mean higher Ross As Hender son previously its just a matter of who is going to collect from the taxpayer the province or the municipal ity Hospital boards will now be focusing their attention on the munieroa hty than he Canadian critic dies TORONTO CP Nathan broadcaster md theatre critic of the Toronto 5ar died early today of a heart I pallties will quesuun iu I of the hospitals and ask for auack nlanaUons and justification of He recently had heart surgery correct a circulatory A member of the audience Cohen had cancelled his suggested that Prices effective until closing March 27th TABLE RITE RED BRAND television Fighting their is becaPuseBhis healthBcould boards and municipalities no take Of should give the new scheme a neous radio and tel try before running it evision part of I TransCanada Telephone System ROYAL ROCK GRADE B OR GRADE UTILITY Turkey TOP VAIU Orange Juice 5 Ii00 PLUMROSE PSCMICS TIN SPRING PACK CHOICE Peas ALBERTA GOODNESS ME RED 14 tins ty for i 14 tinsiaj for Twin 1 TOP VALU At AGT your dimes buy more than conversation and FORK tins Last to keep Albertas telephones ringing we spent over 100 million Thats about a month per or 2V4 times your monthly phone rental Last year we paid more than 46 million dollars to pretty important Our employ They in turn spent a lions share of that money right here in Last year our 890 vehicles used over a million gallons of We ordered everything from pencils and paper to giantsized build ings right here in We even paid over two million dollars in property What does it all mean to you every time you spend even a dime with someone else when we spend money in or when our employees spend money in other Albertans are on the receiv ing And that helps keep Albertas economy rolling MONARCH POUCH PAK Cake 8 1 MAXWELL HOUSE Coffee for bag Margarine CANADA 1 MEDIUM COOKING TOP VAIU AT AGT YOUR DIMES DO BUY MORE THAN CONVERSATION AGTT ALBERTA GOVERNMENT TELEPHONES SWEET JUICY Oranges t00 bag WE RESERVE THE RIGHT TO LIMIT QUANTITIES ;