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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - November 28, 1970, Lethbridge, Alberta _ Saturday, November 28, 1970 THE LCTHBRIDOE HERALD 23 CARING UNIT PEOPU Basic health plan provided Health protection wHhout economic fear Is the objective sought for all Albertans by the Alberta government through the Alberta Health Care In- turance Plan and Alberta Hospitaliza- tion Benefit; Plan. Standard ward hospital ;s now provided in addition to basir; health services. The only direct cost to the resident being the fee required on admission to hospital. Assistance with the premiums payable to the Alberta Health Care Insurance Plan is available to individ- uals or families whose taxable Income Basic health' services provided under the Alberta Health Care Insurance Plan include all medical services, special oral surgery, optometric examinations normally if required, and limited chiro- practic, podiatric and osteopathic serv- ices. Payment of benefits under the plan is at the level of 100% of the medical professions' schedule of fees tnd has eliminated any need by. the doctor to bill any difference between the payment schedules. The Alberta Health Care Insurance Commission will purchase membership from Alberta Blue Cross at full non- group .rates and offer it at reduced rates to residents, thus making other health services such as semi-private and private ward care, ambulance services, drugs, appliances, home nursing care, naturopathic services, clinical psycho- logical services, and dental care needed because of accidental injury, available on a non-group basis to subscribers to the Alberta Health Care Insurance Plan. Built-in highway safety To contribute to safety on our high- ways, directional sign standards in many locations oil the province's high- way system are designed to break away upon vehicle impact This built- in safety feature permits the metal standards to shear off just above the ground level, when hit by a vehicle, knocking the sign into the air to fall behind the vehicle. The Alberta De- partment of Highways and Transport includes many more safety features in its highway construction. On freeway- expressway projects ditches are made sufficiently wide, with gentle side and back slopes and rounded contours, to permit a car to go off the highway end normally recover without rolling or colliding with back slope obstructions. Safety, concrete curbing, designed to allow a vehicle to ride up a sloping shoulder and be deflected back to the travel lane is being used in lieu of guard-rails at various locations. High mast lighting at interchanges permits better illumination with fewer poles to become traffic hazards. Of course, the most extensive elimination of common traffic hazards is accomplished via the complete freeway system, the first stages of which Alberta drivers snjoy the fully-divided highways such as those between Edmonton and north of Calgary or between Calgary tnd Banff Park gate. Exclusively for the ladies There are, in circulation in Alberta, an estimated copies of a booklet called "Wills and Estates for Alber- Originally printed to advise Alberta women on the problems and procedures of drawing up a will, the publication has attracted the attention of men's groups as well. It has also been reprinted by commercial organi- zations concerned with tins aspect of legal preparedness. Presently, the book js being revised and updated by its publisher, the Alberta Women's Bureau. The Bureau acts as liaison between the provincial government and All women, and ipscializes in the collection, and pub- lication of information on matters of particular interest to women. It also conducts various workshops through- out the province. The Alberta Wo- men's Bureau is the provincial govern- ment's response to the growing partici- pation of women in business and community life and to their desire for accurate information on en ever- increasing variety of Estate tax rebate Last year, more than 500 estates received estate tax rebates totalling over million. This estate tax rebate program is financed by the provincial share of federal estate tax which, under provincial statutes is returned to the estates of deceased persons who were bonafide residents of Alberta. The rebate program is design- ed to relieve the tax burden on estates within the province and to encourage investment in Alberta. The amount of rebate to eligible estates is 75 per cent of federal estate tax attributable to Alberta property. Anyone planning s personal estate, or persons making applications for a rebate, can obtain advice from the Estate Rebate Branch, which provides a brochure outlining eligibil- ity, procedures, .and requirements. During the present fiscal year, the branch estimates that it will return over million Is Albifta estates. Financial aid for crime victims Since October 1969, 22 victims of crimes of violence in Alberta have received over in compensa- tion for injuries received. Other appli- cants are presently being considered by the Criminal Injuries Compensation Board, established by the provincial government for this purpose. Any resident of the province who is injured as a direct result of a crime of violence or as a direct result of endeavoring to arrest someone, or preserving the peace or assisting a police officer in carrying out his duty, or the depend- ents of anyone killed in any of these circumstances, is eligible to file a claim for compensation. The secretary of the Board, a qualified lawyer, acts as counsel for applicants who do not have legal representation and presents the case to the Board. Public hearings are held at regular intervals for presentation of claims. For complete information on the extent of compensation available and the procedures for making a claim, telephone the Crimes Compensation Board at 229-3087, Edmonton. Special education services The provincial. government, through the Alberta Department of Education, provides a variety of services, facilities and financial assistance in the impor- tant field of special education. In 1970, for example, students with such handicaps as subnormal mentality and defective hearing and eyesight enrolled. Blind children are maintained at the expense of tha Department (tuition, traveled subsis- tence) at special schools outside the province. A library of textbooks in braille and tape form has allowed an increasing number of blind students to remain in the province. The Department also provides grants towards operating and capital costs of schools for the retarded, both and private. The Alberta School For The Deaf, operated by the Depart- ment, provided special educational services for about 135 ygungsters during the 1970-71 school year. In addition, the school is developing a special program and learning centre for the needs of children who are both emotionally disturbed and deaf. And, to improve communications, the De- partment offers a consultative and referral service to help the parents of handicapped children. Write to "Special Department of Education, Room 608, Administration Building, Edmonton. ALBERTA GOVERHMENT SERVICES MOVE IN MANY DIFFERENT DIRECTIONS ;