Globe-Gazette from Mason City, Iowa on October 1, 1949 · Page 25
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Globe-Gazette from Mason City, Iowa · Page 25

Mason City, Iowa
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Saturday, October 1, 1949
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8-B Sept. 30, 1949 Mason City Globe-G»ieU», Mason City, la. Lutheran Welfare Carries on Big Child Adoption Program Have you room in your home and in your heart for a boy or girl? Many families want to adopt babies but children of all ages need a home and understanding. During the past year 619 homeless and neglected children have been placed in happy homes by the Lutheran Welfare Society of Iowa. For many years the care of unfortunate children was confined to children's homes and orphanages. These were institutions where sometimes several hundred children lived together, went to school together, worshipped together, and worked together. About 25 years ago a new method of child welfare got under way. Children who had to be taken from their homes, or who had no homes, would go to a children's home temporarily, until a child welfare worker could find another normal home for them. Welfare work began to take the form of a clearing 'house, where new homes were found for children who were homeless. Children's homes are still needed, but more and more we are discovering that usually, in making a long-time plan, it is most desirable to find a normal Christian home for a child. Help Maintain Home The Lutheran Welfare society does its utmost to help parents maintain a normal family life for themselves and their children whenever this is possible. But when, instead of parents being a protection to their children, children rather need to be protected from them, it is to the children's best interests to remove them from their homes and place them elsewhere. To decide to remove a child from his home is a momentous step and of almost equal re- ORPHAN FROM LATVIA— Arvid Antopsoiis, Latvian war orphan, was placed with a Charles City family by the Lutheran Welfare society as part of its program of placing children. sponsibility is the question of where to place him. These decisions are made only after an intensive study ,of the child and everything that concerns him. Some children are placed in temporary boarding homes. Those of whom the society has permanent legal custody are placed for adoption. Routine physical and mental examinations are given to all children under the society's care. Child welfare workers endeavor to guide each child into a permanent haven of love, care, education, Christian training and happiness. Aid Unmarried Mothers Another part of the program of the Lutheran Welfare society, of which Miss Ida Rorem is director Millions Enjoying Blue Cross Hospital Protection * •¥• — — of the Mason City branch office which takes in 13 counties, is giving help to unmarried mothers who are referred to them by doctors. This type of service involves giving aid to the mother before her child is born and after her release from the hospital until she is able to find a place in society again. Last /ear the -Lutheran Welfare society gave help to 92 unmarried mothers in the state. The latest service added to the program is caring for European children who come to the United States as victims of war. New Acne Treatment Prevents Scarring Chicago — A new method of treating common acne with dry ice clears up lesions of the disease with little or no scarring, report 2 Philadelphia doctors. More than 2,000 acne patients have been treated by the method with good results, Drs. Carroll S. Wright and E. R. Gross say in a recent issue of Archives of Dermatology and Syphilology, published by the American Medical association. Small pieces of dry ice are applied directly to the acne pustules for from 3 to 5 seconds, they explain. If the lesions are numerous, a large piece may be applied over a group of lesions. Since the lesions are usually elevated, the skin between them is untouched if the right amount of pressure is applied. "Within a few hours there may be surface vesiculation (blistering) over the pustule; this is followed by drying and general shrinkage of the treated pustules which usually will result in their involution in from 1 to 2 treatments with little or no scarring," the doctors write. "Deep cystic lesions may require a number of treatments, the number depending on their depth." THE ALL WHITE AMBULANCE \ ospitat C ean Voluntary System Shows That It Works Program Expansion Goes on at Rapid Rate Fifty-two million Americans, or one out of every 3 have hospital care protection, the Life Insurance Institute estimates. Of the 52,000,000 in hospital care, 34,000,000 are covered by the Blue Cross plan and 11,000,000 are in Blue Shield. As health banker for millions, these 2 prepayment programs have defied all estimates and predictions in their phenomenal expansion. They are still growing and show no slacking in their rate of growth. The remaining number of the 52,000,000 have invested in health programs offered by private insurance companies. Started in Dallas Blue Cross started just 20 years ago when a group of school teachers in Dallas, Texas, came face to face with the realization that as individuals they could not save enough money to meet the cost of hospital bills. They figured out that if each one of them would pay a given sum at regular intervals, there should be enough money to pay hospitalization for any who required it. The Dallas teachers, however wanted more than just a cash indemnity against hospital expense; they wanted room and board, the operating room, drugs and dressings, and all the other services which go into modern hospital care. In other woVds they wanted the major portion of the bill paid. The best way to accomplish this seemed to be a mutual agreement with a hospital, so the chool teachers took up their sroblems with Baylor University lospital in Dallas. They woulc ay a stated amount into a func nd when they needed care, the hospital furnished it. This simple working basis of he consumer public getting together with the hospitals which urnish the service, is the founda- i o n of the entire Blue Cross movement. AIR or AUTO SERVICE Phone 1140 DAY or NIGHT We Pay Tribute to the Members of the >. Medical and Dental Societies of Cerro Gordo County PATTERS — JAME Funeral ome ollcd in Blue Shield. This includes Cerro Gordo county. En- 'ollment is primarily handled hrough employed groups on a payroll deduction basis. When leaving a place of employment, the member can transfer to the group of a new employer or can pay on an individual basis direct to Blue Cross-Blue Shield if a group is not available. The entire structure of Blue Cross and Blue Shield is proof of the fact that the people, working together with their hospital and their doctors, can protect themselves against the expense of illness without altering the country's economy and without resorting to compulsion. ^ Rare Plant Drug Source for Arthritis New York, (fi>) —A rare African plant offers an unlimited source of cortisone, which has shown promise in the treatment of arthritis and rheumatic fever. In a Washington dispatch, the New York Times said the plant— a species of genus strophanthus sarmentosus—is expected to become one of the most important in the world. The plant yields a seed from which chemicals essential to cortisone may be obtained. Hitherto, the newspaper said, the' raw material for cortisone has come only from a fraction of ox bile. One patient in one day uses the output of 40 head of cattle under the old system. The Times said the sarmentosus plant is the only plant known to yield the chemicals, which it called more potent than ox bile in the composition of the synthetic adrenal gland hormone, cortisone. Not only treatment of arthritis, rheumatic fever and other degenerative ills but their possible prevention was forecast by the Times with an unlimited supply of cortisone. v The newspaper said the U. S, public health service plans to send an expedition to Africa to obtain a large supply of the sar- mentosus seeds, roots and plants for transplanting in tropical areas under U. S. control. First In Line More than 2,500 Marshall county residents were enrolled in the first individual Blue Cross and Blue Shield enrollment conducted • in an Iowa county by Hospital Service, Inc., of Iowa, Des Moiries. During the week-long drive, which was designated as Blue Cross- Blue Shield week by the mayor of Marshalltown, enrollment was made available to individuals under 65, self-employed or working with groups of less than 6. 90 Nation Now SERVING THE COMMUNITIES OF CERRO GORDO COUNTY FOR OVER 35 YEARS Operating non - profit and as :ommunity service organizations, 90 Blue Cross plans over the country now protect close to 25 cent of the entire population. Blue Cross plans are governed by boards of trustees who represent hospitals, doctors, and the consumer public in equal proportion. The Blue Shield plans have representation from the medical profession and from the public. All members of these governing Boards serve without pay, donat- ng their time as a service to the community. A great many people have said and are still saying that the voluntary method will not work. They said that in 1933 when there were a bare half million Blue Cross subscribers in the entire United States. When a million people were enrolled, plans were told that was the maximum they could expect, yet within 2 more years, the figure was up to 5 million. In 1941, when there were 6 million covered, the prediction was that if war started, this figure would diminish rapidly. Wai- started, and 2 years later in 1943 there were 10^ million; in 1945 there were 16i million. j In 1946, at the end of the war, there were 20 million enrolled and again the plans were told that this was the absolute maximum and that enrollment would undoubtedly fall off during the postwar readjustment. But in 1947 the figure was 25,876,000 and in 1949, 34 million, with no dimish- ing of rate of growth. Why the Blue Shield? Doctors and hospitals', who had worked closely with the consumer public in the formation of the Blue Cross plans, realized that while the hospital bill represented the major and immediate expense of catastrophic illness, there was still the doctor bill to be paid. If the budget principle worked for hospitalization, it ought to work lor surgical and medical expense. Starting with this principle, the medical profession began organizing prepayment programs, now known as the Blue Shield plans. The Blue Cross had a head >tart on them, but now with en- •ollment at 11 million, the Blue Shield plans are forging rapidly ahead to close the gap. Starting first in metropolitan centers, the Blue Cross and Blue Shield plans are spreading into smaller towns and rural areas .hrough the Farm Bureau and community enrollments. The goal is to 'make Blue Cross and Blue Shield available to every working citizen and his family. Once enrolled, protection can be held for a lifetime, as changing jobs, marriage, retirement, or moving out of the plan avea does not cancel the coverage. People like Blue Cross and Blue Shield because they get a good return for the small monthly rate invested. 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