blytheville (Ark.) Courier News' - Tuesday, June M^lWff-i- What will Medicare Mean To the Nation's Hospitals? WASHINGTON (AP) - The educatk Department of Labor says there largely was no change last month in pieces, wholesale prices — an indication terns ar rising living costs may be level- The c ing off. ings now But the effect of stable whole- been sale prices on supermarket educational prices won't be known until the department's Bureau of Labor Statistics issues its May con(EDITOR'S NOTE — There | beds and facilities. are some 19 million elderly Americans lined up to take advantage , of the provisions of medicare when it goes into effect July 1. The following first of four articles tells whal this will mean to hospitals and hospital facilities throughout the country.) By JOHN HARBOUR AP Science Writer nation's hospi- them already It is not expected, the depart- Hospital: 'The increase will feed on mcnl said, that hospital loads itself. As people learn more would be increased more than about how the program means some 5 per cent over the nation. | easy access to hospitals, they "However, there is already will say: 'Maybe I should at Many of the tals, some of crowded, are braced for an expected increase in elderly patients July 1 when medicare goes into effect. In short, elderly. Americans will be able to compete for hospital beds on a large scale for the first time — and private patients may find it tougher to get into the sospitals they want in some areas. Across the nation, an Associated Press survey shows doctors are telling hospital administrators that patients 65 and over have been saving up their ailments until the bills could be paid by medicare. But no one agrees on how large an increase there will be — and as yet hard evidence, such as room and bed reservations, is lacking to back up the predictions. More than 19 million elderly Americans are ready to take advantage of medicare. July 1 brings only the first of two medicare deadlines. On that day hospital insurance begins for all who'have signed up, and optional medical insurance becomes effective for those whu decided to pay the $36 a year it will cost. So far 17.2 million or 90 per cent of those eligible have signed up for the doctor- bill, medical-service insurance. The second medicare deadline comes Jan. 1, 1967, when nursing home benefits begin. The Immediate problem Is July 1. Have people saved up their ills lo he. treated under medicare? Will there be enough hospital beds to hold them? If there aren't, who gets priority? President Johnson received a report from the Department «£ Health, Education and Welfare which will operate medicare, and that report cited what will be local shortages in hospital CREATIVE HOBBIES STARTED TWO YEARS BEFORE RETIREMENT PISBUHGH (AP) - Stimulation of creative interests will serve an older person better than "recreation," is the philosophy of the Rockwell Manufacturing Co. At age 63, each employe is given hobby equipment — $10 worth for every year of service. Hobbies they can choose from are: woodworking, gardening, art metalcraft, ceramics, batik- weaving, graphic arts, bookbinding, lapidary, sculpture and oil painting. overcrowding of hospital facilities in some areas, and some of the best hospitals in certain parts of the country are overcrowded even though other facilities in the same area are' not," the report said. * * * There are two essential facts behind whatever happens July 1. First, summertime is the slow period in most hospitals, with people putting off surgery when possible until after vacation periods. Second, most medical problems of the elderly require more or less immediate care. Doctors often point out that elective operations before the age of 50 or 55, become operations of necessity afterward. Still there are some ailments that some of the elderly have lived with, which though not critical, can now be treated and paid for under medicare — :hings like cataracts, varicose veins, hemorrhoids, hernias, ear trouble. That leads some hospital administrators like Richard J. Hancock of Lawrence & Memorial Hospital, ' New London, Conn., to anticipate that the increased demands will be in terms of elective surgery and treatment. least go and see whether something can be done with this sore tiip' that's been bothering me for years.' Old people used to be reluctant to go to a hospital because they equated it with impending death. Now the, have learned more about the safety of medicine. "Once they see they don't come to the hospitals. There's sumer price index later this j just no way of estimating how month, great the increase will be." In New England, there is al- WASHINGTON (AP) - Su-'NATO" most ! unanimous agreement pc rjntendent of Schools John among hospitals and doctors Martin of Mount Vernon, N.Y., queried that people with ail- savs " a comprehensive theory ments that are not acute were O f learning is now mandatory")' saving them up for July 1. to replace the "archais" struc- Guesses ranged up t» 20 per t ure O f the nation's schools, cent in increased case load, and There has been an almost to- administrators estimated it lal lack of broad, coordinated would take three months to a year to clear the backlog. But most hospitals expected to be able to handle the influx of need to worry that they may go cases, and some fell that the from the hospital lo the poor-1 influx in their areas would be house, more ill! slight. educational research, Martin told the Senate-House Economic Committee Monday. Another witness, Dr. Louis fullest ' hington nal research has been in small, unrelated with no over-all sys- alysis." ommiltee, whose hear- w arc concluded, has udyiiig new trends In nal technology an that have taken place idustry. INGTON (AP) - A ubcommiltee has ended tigation of "the crisis in after hearing Secretary Dean Rusk tesify here ed for pessimism, said Monday there was able evidence" at the tlantic Treaty Organiza- ecent 'ministerial meet- the remaining 14 me- isider it as essential as h the meeting accom- its objectives "to the extent that might be he told the subcommit- le questions still remain he said, the continued stationing of French troops In Germany. CAPITAL FOOTNOTES By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS George S. Abrams, chief mittee on refugee affairs, says the subcommittee may conduct hearings on the Palestine refugee situation, Including (he reported distribution of United Nations refugee rations to Arabs undergoing military training for a projected assault on Israel. The National Aeronautics and Space Administration evalutcs Thursday data about the moon being received from the Surveyor 1 space craft.. The National Science Foundation reports a new record low temperature- (or an American degrees below zero Fharenheit. f CAPITAL, QUOTE By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS "Our estimates show that this (a 5330-billion national debt ceiling), will .give us a very tight squeeze in early 1967, but I believe we may be able to operate . limit"— Secretary of the Treasury Henry H. Fowler, telling tb§n Senate' Finance Committee hi would go along reluctantly witS the proposed $2-bil!ion cut in -the administration's request. j PURSE SNATCHER .' SURPRISED WICHITA, Kan. (AP) -' A Wichita woman is chuckling over the surprise she must hava given a purse snatchei The handbag, lifted from a car seat, contained play makeup, a child's sun glasses and as* sorted little girls' playthings* but ho money. ^ The woman said she had give* the old purse to her 4-year-6lj£ daughter to play with before it was stolen. ••• f *' Read Courier News Classifieds FOOT ODOR HOW TO KILL IT. CAUSED BV A GERM. Kill th« germ, you kill the odor. You can t snwll it. Your FRIENDS CAN. Ordinary antiseptics are no u e Apply T-4-L POWERFUL GERM KILLER tor smelly, sweaty, ttcliy teet.4*«_ not pleased OVEIlNIOlll, jour 4ty back at any drug counter. NOW|» Explained Dr. John H. Knowles, general director of Boston's Massachusetts General HIGH-STYLE HYDRANT— A model change may be catchingup at last with that old street-corner stand. by, the fire hydrant. This sleek model o£ gray iron produced for use in Oakland, Calif., won. a certificate of merit for design excellence in a national contest of the Industrial -Designers Society of America. As reported by Steel Facts, magazine of the American, Iron and Steel Institute, the look may be new but the works remain standard, designed to conform with fittings and tools now in use. r -v-*" »••••••••••••»•• •Hal Boyle w ' ^ NEW YORK (AP) -Remarks that a newspaper columnist gets tired of hearing—or overhearing: "You kind of remind me of Will Rogers, except he was funny all the time." "I guess I'd better be careful whal I say lo you, or I'll wind up in a column." i'You guys must know a lot more than you actually put in the paper. Tell me, off the record, what's really going on over there in Viet Nam." "Where do you get all your ideas? Do you copy from someone else, or just make them up oul of thin air?" "I know you write five pieces a week, but what in the world do you do with all your spare time? "I wonder if you'd mind giving my son some advice .on how to get started in your field. He dropped out of trade school after flunking his course in plumbing, and now he's decided IIP wants to become a colum- he wants nisi." "One of the columns you wrote last week sure hit Kie nai! on the head-but darned if I can remember right now what it was all about." "Wake up, Hank. It's your ss- on the phone. He needs a substitute column quick! He said he had to kill the one in I which you attacked poison! snakes. It's too controversial." "You mean that's Hank Bane- 'ace, the columnist—that fat fellow with the hangdog look. Good grief! I don't know what I expected him to look like, but certainly not like that." "Wake up, Hank. It's your boss on the phone. He needs another substitute column quick. He says no one at the office can understand the one you wrote for today—not even the new copy boy, the one wife a M.A. in sociology from Harvard." "Could you turn us out a piece for the anniversary edition of our high school paper, Mr. Ba- neface? We only want about 2,- (KKI to 3,000 words, and you can probably knock it out iin 20 minutes."It doesn't have-to be real deep-just real funny." "Wake up, Hank, It's your boss on the phone. No, he didn't have any trouble understanding your column for today. He says he just doesn't understand why you thought you could get by w/ift it, and h* needs a substi lute-quick!" ONTGOMERY WARD CIAL! Style House Colonial sofas are truly comfortable/ and priced low! NOW ONLY TWHD CHAHt Matches tweed sofa shown 79.88 QUILTED CHAIR Matches outline- quilt sofa 89.88 Mo Money Down What makes this one so comfort* able? A tufted pillow-baelc. Ward- Foam* cushions and coil spring base! It's beautifully styled, too, with roll arms, wing back and pleated skirt. Choose its tweed fabric in Brown, Green, or Gold- matching arm caps included! *Wanit /afc-mwf pafyvraffiam foam REMARKABLE VALUE IN AN OUTLINE-QUILT SOFA NOW ONLY $169 Compare it with sofas selling for $100 or more! It has all the deluxe features of the sofa above. . , Similar to picture but tweed with ma- Die trim. Brown or Rust, Choice of coordinated chairs at §89.98 ea. -4 Reg. 49.95. With quilted sateen cover! Box soring, now same price $37.88 YOUR CHOICE! 612-COIL OR 7" FOAM* MATTRESS $47 88 Reg. .$69.95 Twin «r foil Both have luxurious Ivory rayon damask covers quilted to Ward- Foam* for softness. .'.lifeline- flanged to stay wrinkle-free. Matching box spring.. $47.88 •MbnbhhN save $40 3-pc. bedroom group DOUBLE DRESSER WITH MIRROR, PANEL BED, AND CHEST IN THE MEDITERRANEAN MANNER! Impressive block-front styling! Rich oak finish is protected by DuPont Dulox®. Formica® tops resist marring. Matching night stand.... $189 ^ Reo. 229.95 $254.95 GROUP Same as above, but with 9-drawer triple dresser. $209 ASK ABOUT WARDS SPECIAL 3-YEAR HOME-FURNISHINGS CREDIT PLAN-NO MONEY DOWN! :£% 406 W. Main -Blytheville,Arkansas- Phone PO 3-4591 vT.- : Hours: Mon.-Tue.-Wed.-Fri. 9 to 5 p.m., Thur. & Sat. 9 to 8 p.m.
What members have found on this page
Get access to Newspapers.com
- The largest online newspaper archive
- 11,100+ newspapers from the 1700s–2000s
- Millions of additional pages added every month