Globe-Gazette from Mason City, Iowa on October 1, 1949 · Page 23
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Mason City, Iowa
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Saturday, October 1, 1949
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10-B . • SO, 1949 M»ion City Olobt-OaiuU*, Mnen CUy, I». British Health Plan Not Up to Claim, Says Dr. FO//OWS After Visit Abroad By WANDA WALLACE t ? ritish « with their patience, accept delay in getting their 'free' medicine," Dr H. D. Fallows, Mason City's doctor who recently returned from London and Edinburgh, Scotland, where, on the scene, he viewed socialized medicine at work while attending the International Congress of Eye, Ear and Throat specialists this summer said in an interview. •"But I can't imagine Americans or Frenchmen doing it for long" ?^L Fallows chuckled and added, 'They would find ways to finagle, to get glasses through friends, to beat the game. If it didn't work, they'd chuck the whole scheme as unworkable. But the British are sweating it out." "Sinus, rheumatism and such have been prevalent for years in Britain and unless you could afford to pay a doctor you just complained to your friends," he continued. "Now they are taking something out of the old sock every week to pay into this health scheme so they 'jolly well' are going to get something out of it. The rush has been like a bargain basement!" Rush for Medical Aid "The pile-up of people rushing to get medical aid, largely on the basis of something for nothing, disregarding the fact that they are paying $52 a year for it, is stupendous," the doctor said in discussing his observations gathered from talking to medical men and the public regarding the health scheme. "Every doctor's office is full of patients and there is a waiting list a mile long; every clinic is a besieged place, an empty hospital bed is something rare. 1 ' "In conversation with a leading- American official, who was a member of the hospital board and in charge of the occupational forces in England during World war II, I was told that some form of socialization was inevitable because of so much unemployment, the standards of living were so low and taxes so high that the people as a whole grasped at this form of government which is now being maintained," Dr. Fallows said. "At that time, the official explained to me, the only alternative would have been a revolution and this plan promised '-that the standards of living would be raised, employment increased, and free medical aid or so-called MACKET'S Furniture Shop MIRRORS RESILVERED 417 2nd Street N. W. Phone 782 DR. H. D. FALLOWS socialized medicine, would be granted to all." Too Long Delay Dr. Fallows said that the British people as a whole were in favor of this medical aid, and they still are, although they are not satisfied with the way it is being administered and now working out. Reaching for a newspaper clipping on his desk that he had just received from friends in Scotland, the doctor read the headlines aloud, "Opticians Give Astonishing Figures—and a Warning. Three Million Wait for 'Free' Spectacles." "The 3 million spectacles will cost 25,875,000 English pounds," Dr. Fallows said and then read from the article, "A privately circulated memorandum to members of the Association of Optical Practitioners gives the figures of the lag and declares: 'Apart from our difficulties, we wonder whether the ministry of health realizes that the imminent chaos in the supply position threatens the good name of the health service.'-" "You may think it fine, at first, to get some new glasses practically free irom the government, but when you find that it will take 5 months actually to get them, by which time, if you have real eye- trouble, you may need another examination, you won't be so warm toward it," Dr. Fallows commented. "That's why some Britons aren't so much in favor of this so-called free service." Red Tape Everywhere Then he continued, "February is about the earliest they can get eye glasses over there today. Even it you don't trust a socialized doctor to examine your eyes, you can't get the spectacles made by an optical firm without a certificate from a socialized doctor. He must re-examine the eyes you have already had examined by your oculist of years, to whom you've paid a fee. It is red tape in all its, glory. The government permits no refills on prescriptions so every time the 1 patient needs more medicine he must go back to his busy doctor." "One thing for sure about socialized medicine in Britain is that it is not geared up to handle chronic, difficult diseases, which require elaborate diagnosis." he explained. "If you have acute ap- pendicitis, ok—you can get Into a!of what has happened In Great GOOD FOOD products help maintain Good Health YOU CAN RELY ON THE PURITY OF CRYSTAL SUGAR It is made in the modern, spic and span Mason City plant. CRYSTAL SUGAR is pure, wholesome and absolutely clean. Ali during the refining and sacking processes, it is NEVER touched by the hand of man. Yes, THAT'S THE TRUTH ... and you con use CRYSTAL SUGAR for every Cooking and Baking purpose — for baking fine cakes and cookies, for making jams, jellies and preserves — and you'll ALWAYS have excellent results! CRYSTAL SUGAR is fine, snow-white and will do ANYTHING any Sugar will do! So always use CRYSTAL SUGAR — and remember, it will help you keep in GOOD HEALTH. American Crystal Sugar Co. Makers of CRYSTAL SUGAR Mason City, Iowa lospital. But if you have stomach ulcers, circulatory difficulties, incipient TB, cystitis, colitis, or a number of other vexatious ail- inents which take time, you won't like the results." "Americans won't even like the results if they have such nuisances as boils or burns which require going and going again for replacement of dressings, which ited.' require waiting in doctor's offices endlessly," he said. Old Peopie Suffer Most The old people particularly suffer from lack of medical care in Britain today, Dr. Fallows reports. Aneurin Bevan, the minister of Health who has driven this plan through parliament, has stated frankly that one of his objectives was to force doctors to take better care of the old but Dr. Fallows believes that the goal of the objective is a long way off. "British dentists were not men who made much money, nor were there many of them," he said. "So naturally there has been a big rush to have teeth fixed." "Before this health scheme went into effect the average dentist put in about 4 fillings a day, and the government accepted this as a standard," Dr. Fallows continued. "Now since the patient can get the same treatment free, and 2 sets of dentures if needed, the incomes of the dentists have become enormous. However, one dentist related to me that after paying his income tax his income 'diminished lik.e a snowball in front of a hot stove.' '' "The same goes for optical treatment," he said. "Plenty of people just never got glasses because they thought it was something they could save money on and didn't realize poor eyesight was giving them sick stomachs, nervous breakdowns, and other ailments. Almost all glasses were borrowed from friends, inherited, or bought at a general store. Naturally, they too. went for 'free' optical examinations." When asked if such a business of "free" medical service is turning the nation into a group of hypochondriacs, Dr. Fallows commented, "To date 45,000,000 persons of 50,000,000 population of the island have been granv;d 80,000,000 prescriptions for anything from wigs, false teeth, hearing aids, more coal to keep them p warm, additional food and of | course, medicine." Patient Gets Few Minutes "The day when a doctor had 2,000 patients on his list is gone. That has been doubled with the result that the doctor can only spare 2 or 3 minutes per patient and finally goes home at night completely beat. As many as 8 forms are required in some cases by the ministry of health. A doctor's office is weighed down with paper. Certificates are the most annoying. A doctor has to sign for all sorts of things—for glasses, hearing aids and thermos bottles, travel allowances, cash sickness benefits, extra food .and petrol. They get chronic writer's cramps." "What happens when millions have been satisfied with treatment and their new equipment is unpredictable," the doctor said. "Are they going to wonder about and get annoyed at the dollar a week they are still paying to the government or is the fact of security in the knowledge they can go any time they like and be paid up enough to keep them happy—and paying." A doctor under the state medicine scheme can never make more than the captitation fee for 4,000 patients, unless he has private patients, too, and Dr. Fallows reported that not many of them do. No Incentive for Doctors "One of the principal arguments against the health scheme is that it will cause high standards of medical practice and research to deteriorate, as doctors, with a guaranteed income and a huge practice will have no economic incentive to reach a peak," Dr. Fallows said. "Certainly there can be no incentive to specialize under this scheme since a general practitioner, fresh out of medical school or internship, can almost immediately begin to earn the maximum salary without spending the extra years and study and practice which are required for specialization. "But the system ran up a deficit of $232,000,000 in its first 8 months. This deficit is being met now from general taxes, but even-j tually there will be an adjustment i of rates and probably larger payroll deductions." in telling how the government took over almost 95 per cent of the hospitals when national health service went into effect, the doctor says, "One man. called it 'the greatest confiscation since the time of Henry VIII. The endowment alone amounted to about $200,000,000. May Cause Economic Ruin "Some Britishers say that the Marshall Plan aid is necessary for survival," Dr. Fallows continued. "Others resent it and favor its discontinuance. One prominent member of parliament said Britain could not finance any of its socialistic schemes without the help of the United States. In the short run, the British could continue their national health service without Marshall Plan aid, but socialized medicine may ruin Britain economically." When asked what he thought about a socialized medicine program in the United States, Dr. Fallows answered, "Within the last 10 years political gronps in our country have been trying to put over some form of compulsory health insurance. Mr. Oscar Evving, who heads this program at the present time, claims compulsory health insurance would bring out hidden and neglected illnesses." "The doctors in Britain have no opportunity or time to discover such symptoms. Doctors in both the United States and England object to anyone outside the medical profession, with no medical knowledge, having the authority to dictate regarding the nation's health. Remember, socialized medicine is compulsory health insurance and a forerunner of socialism." "Without cause or reason we are moving within the direction Britain," Dr. Fallows continued. "There may have been some reason for it there but there is none here in America. Our system of government has given us the greatest general level of prosperity that the world has ever known and our lofty standards of medical practice are not surpassed in any other country that I have vis- Socialized medicine will bring out the malingerers and hypochondriacs. The former pretend to be sick; the latter think they are sick, but are not. THE— WORLD'S I FASTEST | PORTABLE i TYPEWRITER I THE ALL-NEW 1950 I SMITH COROM ! NOW AT Max Boyd • TYPEWRITERS 20 First Street S. E. The First National Bank . . . Officers, Directors and Staff . . , join the residents of this community in paying tribute to the members of the Cerro Gordo County Medical Society and the Cerro Gordo County Dental Society for their faithful service to the people of Mason City and vicinity, and for their many years of progress. We are happy to salute these men and women, who have done so much for the health, comfort and enjoyment of humanity! FIRST NATIONAL BANK of Mason City, Iowa Now in its 80th Year A GOOD BANK TO TIE TO * MEMBERS OF THE AMERICAN LEGION CLAUSEN - WORDEN POST 101, MASON CITY SALUTE THE MEMBERS OF THE MEDICAL and DENTAL SOCIETIES OF CERRO GORDO COUNTY The scientific service of the Doctors and Dentists of Cerro Gordo County . . . who have tirelessly kept in step with modern methods through constant probe into the unknown causes of disease ... to broaden the scope of medical knowledge, so that human suffering can be alleviated/ is indeed commendable. NOTHING BUT THE BEST FOR LEGIONNAIRES AT THE LEGIONNAIRE CLUB f MEMBERSHIP AVAILABLE TO HONORABLY DISCHARGED VETERANS

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