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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - May 2, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta SUNNY FORECAST HIGH WEDNESDAY NEAR 60. VOL. I.XV No. 120 Herald I'HICE NOT OVER 10 CENTS TWO SECTIONS 22 PAGES Apple a day no cure for costs Bv THE CANADIAN PRESS An npplo day keeps Hie doctor away? Provincial heallli officials across Canada wish that maintaining good health and subsequently holding dour costs were as simple as that little rhyme sug- gests. Most provincial ministers of health readily agree st.-ith federal Health Minister John Munro that health costs must be kcpl in check. But the big problem is how. Mr. Munro has suggested a new five-year agree- ment to limit increases in the current federal per- capita contributions to provincial medical and hospital care programs to the annual increase in the gross na- tional product. A special federal "thrust fund" over and above tho per-capita payments would be used to finance provin- cial efforts aimed at saving costs and improving acces- sibility. The federal health minister has said such a move is necessary because Canada soon may be unable to afford to pay for its medical-care programs and that needless expenses must be reduced. Mr. JIum-o says that the provinces still are con- sidering the federal proposal, but he does not expect legislation on the formula in the near future. Provincial health ministers were asked to comment on Mr. Munro's proposal and on health costs in general 's in. mind? Health Minister Waller Smishek of Saskatchewan said he hopes Mr. Munro has not implied the federal government is thinking of opting out of health-cars programs. He said the rising costs must be tackled, but ser- vice cannot be cut back. The biggest cost in Saskatchewan health care was in providing hospital care. "We find that 7-1 per cent of the S105 million budget under medicare is in 13 hospitals. There is a great deal of duplication and lack of co-ordination and this is what we propose to tackle.1' Health Minister Neil Crawford of Alberta said he shared tho concern of Mr. Munro about rising costs, but thought the federal health minister had expressed no new view in lus recent statements on the subject. Mr. Crawford ;aid the federal government's new GNP-based formula is running into provincial opposi- tion because provinces fear they will have to pick up increasing c sts. He called fcr a "genuine partnership" between Ot- tawa and the provinces in meeting health needs cou- pled with the creation of less costly health services. Rene Toupin, Manitoba health minister, said Man- itoba is opposed to Mr. Munro's formula. He said his province cannot accept a GNP-based formula because then there ''would be no way we could ever get up to the standards of the 'have' prov- inces." lie agreed health cost increases are a serious prob- lem, but thought a switch in emphasis to preventive programs might be even more expensive. B.C, silent In Vancouver, Premier W. A. C. Bennett and pro- iiK-ial health authorities issued no direct domment on Hritish Columbia's health picture. Mr. Bennett recently announced the B.C. govern- ment will accept a new fee schedule giving doctors an increase 6.5 per cent in average earnings. But ha said the government will reject any new fee sched- u'c that involves an actual 6.5 per cent increase on rales. Docloi's have been billing the government's medical care scheme on the basis of the 1972 fee schedule they want. Rut the government has refused to pay anything beyond the 1971 schedule. .Mr. Bon noil has advised patients to refuse to pay doctors who might attempt an "extra billing" of their patients to tiy to make up the difference. s vear s long er WASHINGTON (AP) If this year seems a little longer than usual, there's good reason. Tt will be. One second longer, in fad. (in June .'in, an extra leap .second will added the world's master clocks to correct a discrepancy due to changes in the earth's rotation discovered in tfl.'ifi wilh the di'U'lopmenl of atomic clocks M) ac- curate th.'tt il would take no.tHW years for one of them lo gain or lose, a single second. Since then, M-ienlists say, the world's conventional would have been off by al least II seconds ex- cept for relatively frequent correelions made by add- ing thousandths of n .second to the lime on conventional master clocks. Hy international scientific agreement, (he world's official timekeepers this year will add a full second a leap MTntid flicking I ho second hand of thi'ir master hack one second just before mid- night KST June ;ifi. "Future Hall said "will depend upon how the rotates. II could be that it will speed up again Ps warm up for new hanging debate -V JOHN UIEFENTiAKER OTTAWA (Cfl The lime is approaching when Parliament will faced with another great rtahnte on capital punishment. The f'oniiTKins ran a preview of it Monday. Members nf Parliament are showing concern about it now, although there arc eight months lo EO before Canada must act to either bring back hanging or abolish it permanently. It was brought up in the Com- mons Monday by several speak- ers, including former prime minister John bitter foe of the supreme pun- it was not the subject of debate. The Commons was debating an omnibus bill that would amend the Criminal Code in nu- merous aboli- tion of corporal punishment and making aerial hijacking an of- fence. But It does not deal with capital punishment, On Dec. 2n, 19C7. Parliament passed a bill that abolished cap- ital for the murder of police and prison a trial period of five years. MUST WCCIUIi; So by December Parliament will have to decide what it wants to the policy of the last five years, eliminate hanging altogether, or have r.other trial period. Perhaps the strongest argu- ment against reinstatement of hanging came from Mr. Diefen- baker who told of a man con- victed of murder and executed. Pix months later the chief Crown witness confessed to the "That will never be effaced from my be He also mentioned that when capita] punishment was in effect juries brought in a verdict of manslaughter whenever it was possible. Juries today did not have the same qualms about convicting. Mr. Diefenbaker prefaced his remarks by saying that in the last few years "a spirit of law- lessness has become the general way of life." He said crime is rampant and on the increase in Canada, the United States and the United Kingdom. It was a frightening picture lo see that one million Canadians were convicted last year of criminal offences. "The violence of a few be- comes a contagious disear-n within our country and other freedom-loving he said. "There is a movement wilbin our country, as in other Western countries, of an underground that masque, ades above ground as crusaders for permissive- ness, in campaigns for peace. and against the war in Viet- nam." He said the leaders claim they are exercising their free- dom of speech when in fact what they were doing was crim- inal. "Violence begets violence. and unless measures are taken to punish this kind of wrongdo- ing those who advocate, support and engage in violence will de- stroy the basis of our demo- cratic society and pave the way for absolute tyranny." lie warned that uncontrolled will to change, practised with- out restraint, is a menace to freedom. Mr. Diefenbaker and E. B. Osier -ear jus- tice department law clerk, and became director three years later. Born in Washington, D.C., Jan. 1, 1895, Hoover received his law degree from George Washington University and lived all his life in the District of Columbia. He had a fondness for dogs, for his garden and for horse racing, confining himself to 52 bets. But nothing transcended his devotion for the FBI, SAIGON (API Flushed wilh victory in the far north, North Vietnamese troops launched new attacks today in the populous coastal lowlands and forced South Vietnamese troops from another base in the central highlands to the west. With northernmost Quang Tri province in Communist (lie North Vietnamese radio boasted that the new province to the south, Thua Thicn, which includes the old imperial capital of Hue. is doomed. The South Vietnamese trying to set up a defence line north of Hue and 35 miles south of the so-called demilitarized 7one. Hue is 32 miles of Quang Tri. Authorises a drive In wood out .suspected Viet Cong agents in Hue, a city of now swollen wilh 150.000 refu- gees. Officials disclosed sus- pected Viol Cong agents bad been captured in Hue during Die. last two days. Tho North Vietnamese con entered Tri province wilh