Globe-Gazette from Mason City, Iowa on October 1, 1949 · Page 6
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Mason City, Iowa
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Saturday, October 1, 1949
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10-C Sept. 30, 1949 Masan City Globe-Gaielt*. M,,on City. I». ii i —. Catholic Officials Oppose Compulsory Health Plan (From Our Sunday Visitor) Washington—Officials of 2 national Catholic organizations oo- eratrng in the field of health have testified before a senate group in opposition to the Truman administration's compulsory health insurance proposals. They are Msgr. George Lewis Smith, president of the Catholic ttospital association of the United States and Canada, and the Rev. Raymond - A. McGowan, director of the bureau of health and hospitals of the social action depart- «r en ) ot the National Catholic Welfare Conference. The 2 priests testified before a subcommittee on health headed by Senator James Murray of Montana. Both referred to the recent joint statement on health insurance programs issued by the National Conference of Catholic Charities. Father McGowan emphasized to the senators that the N. C. W. C. administrative board of bishops had given unanimous support to this statement as a "positive, constructive voluntary approach'' in contrast to the administration's universal compulsory method. Need Is Realized Monsignor Smith said: "We realize that there is urgent need to extend the great hospital service and medical care we have in America to those who are not getting it now, but we are opposed to a totalitarian program to take care of everybody, regardless of need, from birth to death according to federal specifications." "All of us," he said further, "want to remedy the existing shortage and improve the availability of our health and hospital facilities, but we are definitely opposed to the compulsory health insurance provisions of Senate Bill 1679. An adequate national health program and compulsory federal health insurance are not necessarily synonymous." Father McGowan suggested that congress attack the health problem in a step-by-step manner, with separate bills for each of the projects involved, and with the money coming out of the general federal tax fund rather than out of insurance trust fund. Of Huge Scope He asked the members of the committee to remember that health of itself is only one of the problems of the social happiness of any person in this country." "If the time comes when we can prove that government intervention on a compulsory universal basis is the only way to take care of our people, then we would be bound in,conscience to support it," he said. "It remains, however, to be demonstrated that that is the only way, and we feel that . . . . further exploration of the voluntary method will solve our problem, with a certain amount of government assistance." Monsignor Smith gave the senators an idea of the scope of Catholic hospital service in this country. He said: "We have approximately 800 hospitals with over 130,000 beds and bassinets ... In 1948 almost 4,000,000 patients were admitted to our Catholic hospitals—3,904,000 out of a total of about 15,160,000 patients admitted to all general hospitals." Constructive Proposals He defined the constructive proposals of the Catholic organizations as follows: 1. A recommendation that the federal government should assist in alleviating shortages of personnel through scholarships and subsidies to doctors, dentists and nurses who will agree to serve in areas of greatest need, •2. A proposal that the federal government increase its hospital construction grants from $75,000,000 to $200,000,000 yearly until need for hospital beds is met, grant a subsidy to help pay operating costs in some areas, and set up community health centers. 3. A proposal for the encouragement of enrollment in voluntary prepayment plans for those earning less than $5,000 a year by the incentive of an income deduction. 4. A suggestion that the federal government assist the states on a sliding scale to provide health Medical Terms Are Simplified Pharynx Described as Garbage Dump Medical terms are often considered "$12 words" and jawbreakers to pronounce but one world-renowned physician added flavor to his descriptions of medicine by using words that couldn't be more familiar! This physician, Sir William Osier who founded the Johns Hopkins University medical school in Baltl- ] more in 1893 and revolutionized the teaching of medicine by revising the courses to include bedside study as well as the study of textbooks, put it this way in his writings: "The pharynx is the garbage dump of the bronchial tubes and nasal passages. The street sweepers (ciliated epithelial cells) are constantly on duty and especially busy at night removing the debris from the air passages, to be carried away the next morning. "Temperature charts — typhoid fever has a 'Pennsylvania Railway- like' directness, in distinction to the zigzag 'Baltimore and Ohio' chart of aestivo-autumnal fever. "The physics of a man's circulation are the physics. of the waterworks of the town in which he- lives, but once out of gear, yqu cannot apply the same rules for repair of one as of the other. "Huge blocks of coal that would grace the doorstep of-any multimillionaire coal dealer as a sign are carried into the lungs from our coal-polluted air, and tubercle bacilli ride in on coal black chargers 3 abreast. Coal barges equal to those on the Susquehanna are constantly passing through unbroken mucosa and along lymph duct, to the bronchial lymph nodes." ROUTINE ADMISSION X-RAY AT HOSPITALS—Photo-Roentgen machines have been provided the hospitals for admission chest X-rays and to use in connection with their X-ray equipment by the Cerro Gordo County Tuberculosis association. Upper left shows Robert Jensen, X-ray technician, arranging the equipment at Park hospital. The insert at lower right shows Ellis Wick, technician at Mercy hospital, placing a patient in position for an X-ray. Pictured above is the lineup for chest X-rays when the TB association conducted a case-finding drive last year to have workers of all industries X-rayed. care for the group in the lowest income brackets and those without any income, technically called "medical indigents." PRESCRIBED We offer you a large variety of both potted and cut T flowers to select from WE MAKE DELIVERIES TO ALL HOSPITALS ft Flower Phone 55 Two Places From Which to Serve You GREENHOUSE 1205 South Federal DOWNTOWN SHOP 115 North Federal Christmas Seal Has Added Job This Season Combine Fight Against TB, Heart Disease There always has been an extra special meaning behind the Christmas Seals that we find on holiday mail but this year there will be an even greater meaning as they have an additional job to do! This year the gay colored seals will have to raise enough funds to fight both tuberculosis and heart disease in Iowa. Heart disease is the leading cause of death in Iowa today. There were 8,642 deaths among the residents of this state during 1947. Therefore, this year the TB association has taken up the fight against heart disease. No disease presents as serious a health problem to the young people as does tuberculosis. Although TB can—and does — strike at any age, it ranks first among diseases as a cause of death in the age group from 15 to 34. Hospitals Take X-rays Mason City's hospitals, the ,Park and Mercy, have the routine admission procedure of making chest X-rays for all hospital patients and hospital employes in an effort to check TB and other dangerous diseases in the early stage. Photo Roentgen machines have been provided the hospitals to use in connection with their equipment by the Cerro Gordo County Tuberculosis association. The machines were installed as part of the case-finding program of the association. Purchase of the machines was made possible from reserves built up over a period of years from the sale of Christmas Seals. The hospital admission X-ray program was set in operation during the fiscal year of April 1, 1948, to April 1, 1949, and 2,604 chest X-rays were taken at the Park and Mercy hospitals. Two active cases of TB were lound by this program. In October a total of 7,035 persons were X-rayed on miniature films in the industrial program conducted in Mason City and Clear Lake. 173 Report Back Of these, 173 persons reported for further X-ray check-up and were found to have TB symptoms. One person from this group after a period of observation entered the sanatorium for treatment. Iowa leads the nation in having the lowest death rate, 9.7 per 100,000, however the decline in death rate does not necessarily mean that the number of cases of the disease has decreased at a corresponding rate. Due to better case-finding TB is being discovered in the early stage and the patient is recovering. In Cerro Gordo county the death rate is 12.4—which is higher than the low state death rate. Six residents died of TB last year, 3 at home, 2 in sanatoriums and 1 in a general hospital. Persons ill with TB who remain at home provide an opportunity for the infection of the family. There were 27 cases reported in the county last year. Search Continues Always The search for TB goes on daily by Mason City physicians and public health nurses. All family rrntacts and other close contacts of active cases are referred to the association for chest X-ray orders. The public health nurses make home visits to these persons. This spring in Mason City the school nurse contacted all students who are positive reactors to the tuberculin test and gave free chest X-ray orders. At Your Service in Mason City HOTEL EADMAR Located Across From Park Hospital Clean, Comfortable Rooms at Popular Prices Delightful, Pleasant Atmosphere Eat the Best Food and Nothing But the Best. . . That's the Way to Good Health EADMAR COFFEE SHOP Prides Itself on the Best in GOOD FOOD Open 'Til Midnight We Cannot Treat Your ILLS or Do Surgery For You But We CAN LEND YOU THE MONEY TO PAY THE BILLS If illness or an accident hospitalizes you arfd you are in need of funds with which to pay the hospital, doctor, nurse or druggist — we will lend you the amount you need. Come in and learn how little it costs . . . what convenient terms can be arranged. You'll like our way of doing business. WE SALUTE The Ceym Gordo County Medical Society, Dental Society and the Nurses. Your Untiring Effort in Your Profession is an oriorable One. WE ARE PROUD To Be a Financial Institutiorvin Cerro Gordo County and Stand Ready to Offer Our Services in Any Financial Way You May Need . . . 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