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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - May 2, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta News Analysis Nixon turns to people for confidence vote WASHINGTON (AP) Presi- dent Nixon, his "four more years" clouded by scandal, has turned again to the American people in aji effort to rebuild confidence and trust in an ad- ministration shaken by the Wa- tergate affair. His Monday night address was, in effect, a campaign speech, an appeal to the same electorate that had re-electee him in a landslide. Just lop days into his second term, Nixon was asking fo Medical salaries soar TORONTO (CP) Health-in- surance watchdogs found their eyebrows lifting right up to their scalps as they looked at the bills from a doctor in a community of 600 souls. Over a period of about a year, he had rung up claims for payment amounting to some His fees were drastically slashed by the Ontario College of Physicians and Surgeons, the doctors' licensing and dis- ciplinary body who reminded him that health insurance was not a get-rich-quick scheme for the medical profession. That was an extreme case and occurred before the Ontario Health Insurance Plan (OHIP) took over last year with a com- puter-surveillance setup that produces a month-to-month "profile" of a doctor's practice. Setting aside the few caught trying to hit the cash register for a month or so and the odd one billing for 300 patients a day, Ontario doctors have suddenly bounced into average net incomes approach- ing a year, and the up- ward slide continues. In the last seven years since the Ontario government entered health insurai particu- larly since universal coverage began in cost of doc- tors' services to the public about doubled. The big jump, far exceeding pre-insurance calculations, is stimulated partly by many more people getting service than before, including those whose lack of money kept them away from the doctor. Experts cite additional rea- sons: higher doctors' fees; over-use by the public now ibat a session with the doctor is free (or apparently over-ser- vicing by doctors to swell their bills. And there is a sizable tempta- tion, students of OHIP say, for doctors to embellish the value of their work by such gimmicks as translating an office visit into a general assessment or checkup for billing pur- poses. Late in April the College o Physicians and Surgeons an nounced a clampdown on the scale of payments to doctors who appear to be treating toe many patients to give them adequate care. The college said that "certain physicians whose pattern o practice indicates that the qual ity of service is less than ac ceptable" will have their fees cut through a formula now being devised. One way of reducing the drain on OHIP would be a dras- tic curtailment in the servicing of patients by doctors. But doc- tors say they can't turn aside a patien just because he bobs up frequently; he just might hav; something seriously wrong. Prof. Rod D. Fraser o! Queen's University, Kingston, z nationally-recognized expert on medical economics, says put ting doctors on salary may have merit. He also says group practices should be set up to deliver more service to patients less ex- pensively. Doctor incomes double The average yearly medical incomes for doctors receiving fees have almost doub- led in the last ten years, say two researchers who've been looking into medical in- comes. Graph shows average net incomes of doctors by province in 1960 and 1970. prayers, not votes. And, above all, he was asking for trust. The president said his own trust had been misplaced, that he had believed until little more than a month ago in denials of any administration involvement in Watergate. At that point, Nixon said in his nationally televised and broadcast speech, new informa- tion persuaded him that this might not be the case, and that there had been an effort to con- ceal ths facts "from the public, from you, and from me." QUERIES MADE Nixon did not say who as- sured him there was no admin- istration involvement, only tha it had come in response to hi repeated questions from "those conducting the investigation." In earlier statements, on Aug 29 and again on March 2, he had said his denial of adminis tration involvement was base< on an investigation by John Dean HI, the White House coun sel he fired Monday. Dean, a 34-year-old lawyer has vowed he is not going to be come the scapegoat in the Wa tergate affair. All-male bars return in U.S. despite law TOKONTO (CP) If Can- ada adopts anti-discrimination legislation affecting public bars similar to that in the United States, Canadian women had better watch out. In New York City there's a previously all-male bar where, whenever a woman enters with a man, all the men stand up and applaud un- til the woman leaves. Despite the legislation, the bar remains effectively all- male. The story was told here to the annual convention of the Ontario Hotel and Motel Association. Charles W. Merritt, legal counsel to the American Hotel and Motel Association, said that U.S. legislation has made it unlawful to have public bars exclusively for men. But women, he said, appear to have found both the bars and the men in them uninte- resting, and many of the bars have reverted to their pre- viously all-male status. IDEALLY SITUATED TWEEN THE By not going to i extremes, Volvo accomplishes more than cars that do. Up front, a Volvo has as much legroom as a Cadillac DeVille.In back, I asmuchasaBuickEIectra. Which gives Volvo the space and comfort of big the one on the right Instead of squeezing you into the ridiculously small space of little cars like the one on the left. Yet a Volvo's turning radius is actually smaller than a VW Beetle. Which means Volvo can maneuver in and out of parking spaces and traffic like little cars. To call maneuverability a big-car specialty would be absurd. And while a Volvo may not leave big cars behind in the dust, its 2 liter engine lets you move right out in the fast lane. Something that can't be said as quickly about little cars, instead of compromising by going to extremes, go halfway and get everything. Get a Volvo. To get anything else would be either absurd or ridiculous. voxaro SHORT STOP AUTO LTD. 538 6th STREET SOUTH, LETHBRIDGE 0 1973 V 328-6586 Nixon said that, as the man at the top, he accepts final re- sponsibility for the Watergate and any other wrong doing in his campaign. But he also disclaimed knowl- edge of involvement or coverup before late March, and noted that he had delegated to others authority over his 1972 cam- paign operations. HEADS INVESTIGATION There were in Nixon's speech no significant new disclosures. He said that he had authorized Defence Secretary Elliot Rich- ardson, as his new overseer of Watergate investigations and attorney-general-designate, to name a special prosecutor. Nixon did not order that action, saying only that Richardson will do so if he deems it appro- priate. He told personally of the res- ignations the White House had announced earlier in the day, those of presidential aides H. K. Haldeman and John Ehrtich- man, and of Attorney-General Richard Kleindienst, And, vowing that justice will be done, said there can be "no whitewash at the White House." But for much of the 24-minute speech, he turned from direct discussion of the Watergate to the future of his presidency, his goals for the balance of his term. "Whatever may now tran- spire in the case I must naw turn my full attention once again to the larger duties of this he said. Wednesday, May. 2, 1973 THE LETHBRIDGE HMAlD NOW OPEN FOR BUSINESS WOODS DISPENSARY LOCATED IN THE FAMILY MEDICAL DENTAL CENTRE 2931 20th Avenue South Mr. Wood was formerly manager of Medical-Dental Pharmacy for five years We use child-proof safety cap dispen- sers on your prescriptions. We keep a family record system for fast, efficient access to your records for prescription refill or lost prescriptions. KENT WOOD Pharmacist-Proprietor PHONE 328-0822 DAY For 24 Hour Free Delivery Service (Business hours a.m. to p.m.) Your opportunity to get those home improvement and repair items at saving prices. Specials on something for every where. WALL PANELLING AND SHEATHING VALUES CITATION WOODGRAIN HARDBOARD 4 handsome low price! Acadian Ash, Tyee Cedar, Nicola Pine, or Eldorado Oak 4'xS' panels. SPRING SALE 469 GOLDEN CEDAR Highlight any room in your home or cotiage. 4' x 8' panels have a simulated woodgram fimsh. on plywood base. SPRING SALE STANDARD SPRUCE D GRADE SPRUCE __f. y_ BEAVER 14x22' SINGLE CAR GARAGE Don't Delay! Do it Now with A Budget Account (CONCRETE FOUNDATION NOT INCLUDED) 9'x7' GARAGE DOOR This top-quality prime-coated 1-piece steel garage door operates smoothly on large ball bearings. SPRING SALE_____ PLAIN WHITE CEILING TILE Top off any room with these great looking low-cost tiles. Choose 12" x 12" or 16" x 16" sizes in 64 sq. ft. ctns. SPRING SALE gss U EACH COMBINATION DOOR Self-storing for dll season convenience! 2' 8" x 6' 8" Large enough for a bic car with room for a work bench or storage space. Wide eave and goble overhanging 1o compliment new home styling. Exterior siding is en optional extra. Available in a host of different MATERfALS PACKAGE ALUMINUM DOOR storing door in Uvo 8 x 6' 10'x 68'.Complete with hardware. G-ill ext-a. 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