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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - October 28, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta Doctors make less on calls than plumbers By GEORGE STEPHENSON Herald Staff Writer If city doctors could fix ailing television sets or faucets they would earn more money oh hduse calls than they do now. A Herald survey of plumbing and television repair firms shows rates for house calls in those areas are up to more than physicians make for medical house calls. And Alberta physicians, who are trying to get the government to renegotiate an existing fee agreement, are not happy that their profession is taking a back seat, in some areas, to TV's and toilets. The physicians also say that their overall income has been eroded by inflation and they cannot pass along any of their increased costs to the consumer. Dr. Ray Kimberley, a member of the Alberta Medical Association's negotiating committee, says just because a person chose the field of medicine as a profession he should not be restricted. "Many physicians are quite intellectually capable of making their living as dentists or lawyers who can bill what they want. Glaring inadequacies "There are glaring inadequacies in the schedule" which lists what a physician is paid for every procedure he does, Dr. Kimberley said. One of the "inadequacies" is house calls where a physician now makes cents during the day and at night. A plumber or television repairman will come to a home for during the day. A plumber will charge for a call during the night Plumbers are paid about an hour for eight hours work and an hour for overtime Based on, recent surveys of the Alberta medical profession that show physicians are working a 56-hour week, Lethbridge doctors earn about an hour. There is no overtime. The average yearly gross income for a physician in this area is about Physicians have the option of billing a patient extra over what the doctor is paid through Alberta Health Care Insurance but the two largest clinics in Lethbridge, the Campbell and Haig say they do not bill extra for house calls. One area where many clinics are "extra billing is maternity care where a physician now is paid through Alberta Health Care. Some billing extra The is paid to include care of the mother dur- ing pregnancy, delivery of the child and immediate post delivery care. Some clinics are billing up to 450 extra for this service In the United States a physician could be paid up to for the same procedure. Dr. Kimbertey also sayS physicians apsrt that many people are more concerned with cian earns treating humans than what a veterinarian earns-working on animals. Figures obtained by The Herald through a local veterinarian shows that profession earns about to more in this area than the medical profession. Gross income for a veterinarian in the Lethbndge area ranges from to There are about 130 general practitioners in this area and 50 specialists. About 60 per cent of area physicians practice in clinics where overhead expenses are running about 45 per cent. Veterinarians however are faced with higher overhead costs because they must build their own hospitals and buy specialized equipment. Despite the high overhead the animal doctor faces some medical specialists find it a "strange priority" that the medical specialist would only earn about more doing a caesanan on a human than a veterinarian would earn doing the same operation on a cow. The physicians' schedule of fees lists payment for consultation and caesanan section at A local veterinarian says a caesanan on a cow would net from to An office call for a cow in a veterinarian's clinic would cost about whereas an office call to a physi- cian would cost AHCIC about HftfiSfiKRSSRS? The LetKbridge Herald VOL. "LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA, MONDAY, OCTOBER 28.1974 15 Cents 20 Pages Ottawa abolish subsidized rail rate Make payments directly to farmers, Lang says SPUDS FROM HEA YEN KING'S LYNN (Reuter) Residents in this east coast English town said Saturday they thought it was snowing but on closer inspection, the white flakes looked more like instant mashed potato. They were mashed potato. The flakes covered gardens, cars, glued up win- dows and turned black cats white after a machine in a local food factory malfunctioned Instead of pouring a mashed potato mixture into neat little bags, the machine was discharging the sub- stance into the air Kissinger asks India accord NEW DELHI (AP) United States State Secretary Henry Kissinger called on In- dia today to co-operate with international efforts to block the spread of nuclear weapons. "We take seriously India's affirmation that it has no in- tention to develop nuclear he said in a speech before tjie Indian Council of World Affairs. "But India of course has the capability to export nuclear technology. It, therefore, has an important role in this multilateral The Indian government ex- ploded an underground nuclear device May 18, joining1 Britain, France, China, the United States and the Soviet Union in the exclusive club of nuclear powers. Since then, Prime Minister Indira Gandhi repeatedly has promised India will use its new nuclear power only for peaceful purposes. But her pledges have been greeted with skepticism in many if- Kissinger himself in the past has said that for a non- nuclear country turning nuclear, there-is' no difference between explosions for peaceful purposes' and military test blasts. Bomb blast kills one in Ireland BELFAST (AP) A bomb planted in a delivery van ex- ploded today outside a British army camp in Northern Ire- land, and officials said one person was kUled-and many other persons were injured. The van was parked near a building on the perimeter of the camp at Newcastle, a coastal town of County Down about 25 miles south of Belfast. The building was destroyed by fire. Koreans protest democracy' SEOUL (AP) Police used tear gas against co-eds today as thousands of students demonstrated against the gov- ernment at four universities but no injuries or arrests were reported. It was one of the first major outbreaks of student discon- tent since members of the South Korean news media rallied across the country last week against government suppression of the .press. Women studentsf.at Ewha Women's wearing black ribbons to symbolize the "death of defnocrl ed with police but were forced :to cflinpus where they staged a sit-in. They demanded a new con- stitution and the release of students, church leaders and others jailed for political ac- tivities against the regime of President Chung Hee Park. They said they will wear the black ribbons until democracy is restored in South Korea. At Korea University, some students chanting "Dic- tatorship go away" also -demanded political reforms by the Park regime. Claims dispute stalemates Arab summit conference RABAT, Morocco (AP) An impasse over the rival claims of Jordan and the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) to future control of the West Bank of the Jordan River is blocking discussion of other matters at the Arab summit conference. No compromise appears likely. "It is either the PLO or Jor- said spokesmen for King Hussein and guerrilla chieftain Yasir Arafat, using identical words. Both insisted the conference most choose between them. "The PLO rejects the right of Jordan to represent any part of Palestinian territory at any time and under any cir- cumstances, including withdrawal "What's she got 1hat I haven't? PLO spokesman Yassir Abd Rabbosaid. The three-day conference was to have ended today, but it may be extended another day. The West Bank territory was taken by Jordan in the 1948 Palestine war and held until Israel occupied it in the 1967 Arab-Israeli War. Hus- sein demands tbat it be returned to him if Israel gives it up and insists that meanwhile only be can nego-' tiate with Israel on behalf of the Palestinians living on both sides of the Jordan, Israel agrees with this position and refuses to negotiate with the PLO. Arafat and the PLO say that they are the legitimate repre- sentatives of the Palestinian people But Hussein contends that they only lepmsent Ore Palestinians in refageejcamps in Lebanon and Syria and, those who have emigrated to ether Arab countries. However, Hussein has pledged to let the Palestinians in the Jordan VaDey determine their future hi a referendum after Israel relinquishes the West Bank. By TERRY McDONALD Herald Staff Writer EDMONTON The federal government may soon allow railroads to charge farmers regular freight rates for hauling wheat and other grains instead of the special below-cost rates railroads have been held to since 1896. Otto Lang, minister in charge of the Canadian Wheat Board, said here to- day he thinks grain producers would be better off and the whole grain handling industry would prosper if producers were given a direct payment to help them pay freight rates _1 _ Q I. instead of the traditional UCelHl method of the government subsidizing the railroads in return for charging the below-cost rates. Another alternative would be for the government to transfer the traditional benefit of the below-cost rates called the Crowsnest rates after an agreement signed between the CPR and the government in 1896- to a fund that would support the rural economy and develop roads and help cover fanners' trucking costs. Mr. Lang made bis com- ments in a speech to the semi- annual meeting of the Canada Grains Group seminar on grain handling and transpor- tation. Mr. Lang called his proposal on scrapping the rates an-jdea" thafhV and federal cabinet will be ex- amining this fall. But he made it dear that after several years of searching and five years of intensive study of the country's grain handling and transportation' system, the government is close to settl- ing on policy "one that will change the traditional view of Western Canada as a supplier of raw material and a market for goods produced elsewhere in Canada." "As part of the development of that new national policy we will be implementing a very different transportation policy, one that will see freight rates based on real cost and the elimination of freight rate Mr. Lang said. "As part of the development of that new national policy we will be implementing a very different transportation policy, one that will see freight rates based on real cost and the elimination of freight rate Mr. Lang said. "As part cf that complete overhaul of the transportation system we may have to ex- amine the effect of the Crows Nest rates particularly as they apply to domestic movements of grain. "It is indeed likely that the Crow rate on domestic grain is harmful to western develop- ment in livestock and that the Crow rates on export grain are discouraging the export of more meat and prottncts of grain. "They are also creating serious problems in terms not only of maintaining a deteriorating system but hi rebuilding it into a modern ef- ficient be said. The minister emphasized the government would preserve for the Prairies "the fall benefit to which they are entitled because of the impor- tant and hallowed ar- rangements that created the Crow rate." More than any other grain producing and exporting country, Canada is dependent on rail transport to move grain from where it is grown to where it can be exported. The Crow rates were the result of the Canadian government's realization that grahi producers could not pay regular freight rates to carry their grain the great distances necessary and at the same time sell grain competitively Seen and heard About town Low prices protested A dead hog hangs from a makeshift gallows at Louiseville, Que., Sunday during a protest by farmers over the low market prices for beef and pork. Long ordeal in prospect for Arab-held hostages Canoeist fishermen Glen Wtttetide and Rod Chenos upsetting their craft on Police Lake and losing a walkie talkie and tackle bof before six other boats came to their rescue Coun. Frank Romeike telling fellow County of Forty Mile councillors that "nobody listens to me anyway its just like home." THE HAGUE (AP) Police today installed a field telephone link with a prison chapel where four armed prisoners held 17 persons hostage. The Dutch cabinet met in special session on the case, but a lengthy ordeal appeared in prospect. The rebellious convicts, who include a convicted Palesti- nian airplane hijacker, asked for and were given coffee and a coat for an 11-year-old boy hostage. But the justice ministry said there were no real negotiations under way more than 40 hours after the delivered food, mattresses, drama began. pillows, blankets and three On Sunday, the four releas- decks of cards into the chapel ed a man, a woman and three They said most of those inside children from the 22 hostages appeared to have slepfuntil 5 they took when they interrupted a Saturday night mass at the chapel of Scheveningen penitentiary. Dutch authorities were a m. today, when the convicts asked for the coffee and clothes. A justice ..________ ____ ,_____ ministry holding out'on negotiations un- spokesman said it appeared til the convicts released two from radio contacts that more women and the boy, leaving as hostages only male members of a volunteer civilian choir. Prison officials already bad relations among the convicts were good despite language difficulties. In addition to the Arab, are two Dutchmen and an Algerian. Taiwan forging ahead despite severe diplomatic setbacks TAIPEI (Reuter) Taiwan, despite a series of severe diplomatic setbacks, is forging ahead economically as the People's Republic of China celebrates its founding 25 years ago. Under the leadership of President Chiang Kai-shek, who retreated to Taiwan with two minion refugees in 1949 when he lost the mainland to the Communists, the island has managed on the world market fairly wen despite its expulsion from the United Nations three years ago. Now only about 30 nations recognize Taiwan diplomatically. But the nationalist Chinese govern- ment has succeeded hi maintaining the annual economic growth rate of over 10 per cent which it achieved after the United States terminated its economic aid in 1965. Inflation was also kept at slightly over three per cent a year until early last year-no worse than that faced by other developed or semi-developed countries. Taiwan's gross national product reached billion in 1973, compared with billion in 1952. Per-capita to- come increased to from Foreign trade reached a record high last year with imports totalling 13.8 billion and exports billion. The total inflow of overseas invest- ment approved last year reached million, an increase of 53 per cent over the record high of million in 1971. The IS million people on the island have achieved self-sufficiency in rice and 90 per cent of the farmland is culti- vated by families who work on fields of their own. President Chiang's government is planning to start heavy industries in Taiwan, which has an area of square miles located between the East and South China Seas. On the diplomatic front, Taiwan's position has suffered steady inter- national eroskm. Since its expulsion from the United Nations, Taiwan has broken off diplomatic relations with countries like Japan, Australia and New Zealand. President Chiang tried, before he became ill in August 1972, to restore the self-confidence of a gwnuneul which felt itself abandoned in an inter- national rash toward closer ties with Peking Bat his gwerimieBt suffered a severe blow last February when President Nixon said Taiwan was part of China in the Shanghai communique at the end of momentous talks with Chinese leaders in Peking. Nixon also declared that his ultimate objective was the total withdrawal of U.S. forces from the island. But the United States later assured its.continned support for Taiwan and President Chiang's position as tf "father figure" here appears as strong as ever. Even native Taiwanese, many of whom resent domination by the nationalist Chinese, respected the president as the man responsible for their island's economic achievements. Chiang, 87 on Oct. 31, has not return- ed to his daily office routine since he suffered a bout of pnewtuvuia two years ago. Prime Minister Chiang Ching-kuo, elder son of UK president, told Parlia- ment recently that Ms father had folly recovered and was attending to state affairs at borne every day. But the president has banded over more responsibilities to his son who became premier in Jane 1971 ;