Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - September 27, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta
S.pl.mb.r 47, 1972 THE LFTHBRIDGE HCTAID 3J, Alberta doctors revise fee plan EDMONTON (CP) Revi- stems in the fee schedule of the Alberta Medical Association will benefit general practitioD- ers white relucing the fees and payments to four types of spe- cialists, Dr. C. J. Varvis of Ed- monton, association president, said Tuesday. Dr. Varvis, on the eve of the association's annual meeting, said the "tinkering" with the fee schedule approved by the provincial government will reduce the disparity of earnings between various sec- tions of the medical profession. Under the revised schedule general practitioners will re- ceive about 15 per cent more wh'le radiologists, allergists and dermatologists will take cut ot five per cent. HARDEST HIT Pathologists are the hardest hit with their payments from the Alberta Health Care Insur ance Commission reduced b 12 per cent. The 80 anesthetists will hav their fee schedule increased b 15 per cent. Dr. Varvis said the revisions approved by the directors o the associatioi "received generally favorab" support from the "rank and lie." "Pathologists, allergists, ra- diologists and dermatologists lave average net professional ncomcs which exceed those of eneral practitioners by more lan 70 per cent." He said the directors deter- red changes in psychiatry fees >ecause "accurate data on the ncome of privately practising psychiatrists" was not avail able immediately. The 1970-71 report of the med- cal care insurance commis- sion showed 20 Alberta pathol- ogists each received an aver- age of in gross pay- ments compared with the pre- vious year when 42 pathologists each reserved an average of in gross payments. During the 1970-71 year, 44 radiologists each received an average of in gross payments, eight dermatologists received an average of each in gross payments. Fig- ures were not available for al- lergists. Anesthetists averaged each in gross payments. The report showed the over- all average of gross medical care payments was with general practitioners averaging a gross amount of Dentists consider new govt. offer EDMONTON (CP) The Alberta Dental Association is considering a revised provin- cial government offer which would give dentists 90 per csnt of their normal fee schedule for treating welfare recipients, an association spokesman said Tuesday. Earlier, Health Minister Nell Crawford asked dentists to ac- cept 80 per cent tno tee schedule. The dentists refused. The government's revised offer came Tuesday, after six months of negotiation. The association has not t'e- ctded "whether to accept the new offer or said Dr. George Decker, executive di- rector of the association. "But I'm quite sure we will accept it." He said the association wil' give the government its answer at a meeting Thursday. NEW FACTOR Traditionally, Alberta den tists have been paid 90 per cen of the normal schedule foi treating welfare recipients, hu Tuesday's government offer contains a new factor. The new arrangement will IK based on a straight billing sys tern. A dentist will bill the asso elation based on 90 per cent o the normal fee schedule, am association will pass th bill on to the governmenl which will guarantee payment Under the present system the government paid the asso elation a set amount pe month for each person on we fare. This money was the used to pay dentists the 90 pe cent of the fee schedule, wliic they charged to treat welfare recipients. Under the contract which ex- pired in March, the govern- nent paid per person per month, which amounted to 52144 But the association was eft with a deficit of be- ausc the dentists charged for lore work than could be paid >r by money the association eceived from the government. The government has since made up the deficit. But the association said last pring that the amount should be raised to per person per month to prevent another deficit. New policy CALGARY (CP) A policy designed to remove conflict of interest from city hall has been adopted by council. Aldermen approved three separate resolutions which Mayor Hod Sykes termed "rules of conduct" for city of- ficials and citizens conducting business with Calgary. The resolutions: Place the names oi pe? sons conducting land negotia- tions with the city on all land committee and council agen- da; Direct that persons con ducting land negotiations with the city disclose any business partnership or relationship with city officials or aldermen Establish a real estate registry containing Calgarj land holdings of senior city of ficials and council members. McGovem forces war issue upon American conscience LOS ANGELES (AP) Sen- ator George McGovem has voted to force the moral issue of war upon the American con- science, and if he wins the White House, to end "this mur- dcroui! bombing" within five minutes of his maugiiralion. He said he did not expect the normal campaign applause for his account of casualties and of "the most incredible and mur- derous bombardment in all the history cf mankind." The Democratic presidential nominee invoked the war issue from a platform President Nixon is to occupy tonight. It was a solemn windup to campaign Tuesday tliat ha featured the whooping politic of Senator Hubert H. Hump] rey, bidding for Democratic solidarity at live side of ft man who beat him for the pros idential nomination. 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