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December 23, 1952

The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas · Page 6

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Cold Cash Best Prescription For Nation's Health Needs B}- FRA.VK CARE? AP Science Reporter WASFIINGTON Iff! — Cold cash appears to be (he main prescription of President Truman's special health commission for curing the notion's "demonstrable, well-documented health needs." In reporting such needs last week after a year-long survey, fhc commission Indirectly laid some of the blame at the door of the medical profession. But It also strongly implied that society as a whole is largely responsible for Ihe situation and should bear the brunt of correction '.—principally by digging deeper into Its governmental nnd private pockethook. The criticism of doctors and allied health personnel Included allegations that: 1. There are over-all organizational deficiencies In the way these professional people apply thefr combined skills. ; 2. Some doctors are guilty of what the report called such "reprehensible conduct" as fee-splitting : 3. Family doctors and specialist are too often in "isolation" frorr one another and so do not co ordinate their skills for Ihe bes Interests of the pntient. 4. The medical profession hasn' made completely adequate prov •ion for the continued, up-to-the 'minute education of the famil doctor after he sets up practice .although sometimes Individual doc 'tors are themselves to blame. \ 5. The medical schools aren' giving enough emphasis In thel general training to matters con cernlng lh» physical and ernottona development of mothers and chll r dren. ' 6. Annual health examination : Gt school children arc too oftci performed in perfunctory fashion ;Dy school doctors. ' Outside I'rofesslon But the report implied that the heart of the nation's health prob Jem lies outside the health pro . 'fesstons themselves—and thai 11. solution lies in the public provld ing financial support for: 1. Training more doctors, den ttst*, nurses and other health work ers—and encouraging their more equitable, distribution (hroiighou the nation. * ,2. Building more hospitals, par tlcularly In rural and other area; reportedly 'short In them. ' 3. Spurring medical research •specially against such things as cancer and mental illness. ' 4. Putting medical nnd hosplta care on a prepaid Insurance basis for everyone, with federal anc Rtate governments teaming up to help people who can't pay for their own Insurance or can only pay part of it. ' 6. Making .such a prepaymeni .system cover all phases of, medl cal and hospital care. (The com- ^jrtlsslon says'some of the presen prepayment plans, while having the funds to encourage treatmen* of some patients on an out-patien basis, "make it nlmost mandatory fcr a patient to assume a horizon tal position before receiving medt eal care in a hospital ") Organised Doctors > S. Encouraging the organization of doctors and other health work ers Into team-like "groups" In al •- parts of the country — a system '- -which the commission contends M'ould go far towards meeting the country's health needs. "In general," the report said "the diagnosis and treatment ol disease are quite well done in this country. The fact that these skills are unavailable to many people constitutes the main problem." As examples of how H contends the nation Is presently falling down on the Job, the commission cite. 1 these: - t. Last year, the total national expenditure for medical research Was 180 million dollars—which the commission said was less than the amount spent on building menu ments and tombstones. , a. "In rural areas, recipients of public assistance often get second- rate care from the standpoint both of medical science and human dignity. The system of poorlypald 'county physicians' still in vogue In many parts of the country is A medical shame." In Us criticism of doctors, the NEW Air Conditioned By Refrigeration "Your Community Center" MANILA, ARK. Malineos Snf. & Sun. I'honc 5S TUESDAY "THE CLOUDED YELLOW" Jean Simmons Trevor Howard WEDNESDAY 'Brave Warrior' Jon Hall Christine Larson THURSDAY 'THE RAIDERS" Mctord Cont* Vlreca Llndfon commission said sometimes i patient Is led (o believe his family doctor performs a surgery whereas he actually hires another doctor to do the Job after the patient has been anesthetized on the operating t»b!c. The commission oTfercd no evl rlcnce of Its own regarding such practices. Bui It Enid top-flight organizations within the mcdlcnl profession had called attention to such things periodfcMly nnri had roundly rebuked them as unethical. Here Is a digest of some of the findings with regard to the nation's health conditions us outlined by the commission: 1. Disabled people — Some two million of Ihe nation's of disabled people could be placed In employment or more productive work—If there were sufficient rehabilitation programs in effect, employing (earns of experls. 1. Chronic diseases—Long-duration ills like cancer, tuberculosis, rheumatism and heart disease account for about. Hi billion dollars In public expenditures annually for medical and hospital services — "yet, probably in no other health field Is available knowledge so little applied as In the prevention ol chronic disease." 3. MenUl Illness—Half the patients In all the nation's hospL'als are people with mcnlnl illness, and about half the patients consulting doctors oul.ilde hospitals have some kind of an emotional dis- irdcr. Yet, knowledge of mental Illness of various kinds is still In . "rudimentary" state. 4. Dental disease — There Is 'shocking evidence" that the American people need more dental care — for example, a.lot, of people need false teeth before they are 24. 5. Environmental henltn conditions — Seven million American homes lack running water; one third of the nation's dwellings are overcrowded, lack decent toilet facilities, or are otherwise delicl- ;nt. 6. Child health — "Enormous gains" have been made In the prevention and euro of disease In children—but -"there remain many deficiencies in. health services to the children of this nation." Reds Are Tough On Price Raisers MOSCOW UPj—Tvo Moscow -store officials have been sentenced to 25 years In prison and their property ordered confiscated because they marked up the'prices on men's sulls and pocketed the profit. Press accounts torlny named V. Barlnov. head of the rendy-made garment* section of the "Russian Republican Textile nnd Garment Trading Trust Store No 1," and his deputy. I. Khotuntsev, as the guilty men. (AXX.) COCBZZX MWl "FLIER" SAVED AT SEA-Hospilnl corpsmcn Lcland TJ Whitney, left, of Radisson. Wis., and Robert P. West, of Chorlotte N C fh« C u ^ ? ™i°i ° '^T W ^\ Ch madc n forccd Iantlln S '^oard Kn §' i ' % TK C lh ° shfp wps sllcllin S the coast of North Korea. 1-ood, warmlh, and kindness restored the feafhered visitor -to flight condition. over Die (our -year period. - =' Olll gives you taiikiul after taixkful of hot water 3 times faster for your clothes... your dishes..your gct.iland foi^ctit —Sn Your Xalural OM Appliance Dealer Torl.i}-— Ark-Mo Power Co. TUMBAY, MO. M, MM Warren Picks Successor for Richard Nixon SACRAMENTO, Calif. Wy_ Governor Warren yesterday wlect*d California'! 42-year-old state controller, Thoma* H. Kuchel. a Republican, to succeed Vice president- elect Richard M. Nlam In the U 8. Senate. Nixon, who will be 40 on Jan 9 resigned shortly after the presidential election, effective Jan. 1, to his successor would gain seniority over newly elected senators tailing o/flce when Congress convenes Jan. 3, Kuchel, a member of a pioneer California family, has long been considered one of the bright young, er prospects of the Republican party )n his native state'. He was elected Republican state chairman In 1010 at the age of 30. Will of Freridi Playwright May Be Contested LOS ANOELES «! - A contest lor the million-dollar estate of French playwright Louis Verneull Is foreseen In the filing of a rflll bequeathing the entire fortune to Parisian actress Eivlre Poncsco. Verneull was 59 when he commuted suicide here last Nov. 3. The document, filed for probate yesterday by Miss Popesco's at- tornoy, was dated last Oct. 24, The actress played many leading roles In Vcrncutl plays. Previously, Mrs. Florence Ryan. 53. of nearby Beverly Hills a friend of Verheuil, had asked prorate of a Verneull will dated Dec 19, 1051. It left (o Mrs. Ryan his Interest In a home here and the rest of his estate except royalties Irom French-speaking nations, which he bequeathed to his secretary, Eva Kevynck, Latvians Get Letters BRISTOL, England WV-Latvians living here reportedly have been receiving letters from the Soviet Embassy In London telling them it Is their duty to return to the Russian "fatherland."' The small Baltic republic of Latvia was taken over by the Soviets In 1940. SJGN OF THE TIMES - Workmen m Seoul, Korea put the finishing touches on pan o! a huge si B n which will be displayed to - '°"« ht °- ^enhowcr. when he makes : * if to Korea. and lueht to dcc . > " " a --- — " -----•••••*•••«- 1 i vucii lit: IIlcllWS ea. Hundreds of persons have been workine day orale Korea's canital citv for the momentous visit. 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