The Daily Journal from Fergus Falls, Minnesota on March 6, 1974 · Page 18
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The Daily Journal from Fergus Falls, Minnesota · Page 18

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Health maintenance concept growing .,, B ^' J 9 HN CUNNIFF Development and expansion of ambulatnrv. firmm Hpaith ai=/, j n ,ii..u,. n i »,.,„ *....!„_ ..u.!!^ .„„..„,,,i u u—i15^. By JOHN CUNNIFF AP Business Analyst NEW YORK (AP) - Most health insurance plans offered to American workers are based on the principle of corrective rather than preventive medicine, even though evidence seems to mount that the latter is more efficient. Except in comparatively rare instances, a worker has had little choice but to accept a plan that paid bills when he got sick but offered far less assistance in keeping him free from illness and hospitals. That may change now, although slowly, because of a federal law signed Dec. 29 that provides ?375 million over a five-year period to assist in the Jevelopment and expansion of health maintenance organizations. HMOs, as they are popularly known, emphasize preventive medicine. For a prepaid fee usually under $100 a year, a worker and his family is entitled to a wide range of checkups and treatments, including some at home. Advocates see the HMOs as the answer to rising medical charges. As documentation they cite the history of Group Health Corp. of Puget Sound, Wash., which found its members hospitalize at a rate one- third the national average. Because efforts are aimed at preventing ailments, or catching them while the patient is ambulatory, Group Health also found the average hospital stay of members was only 5.5 days, compared with a national average of 7.5 days. The usual corrective medicine is, of course, also included. The oldest HMO in existence, the Kaiser-Pennanente Program of Oakland, Calif., reports a rise in its costs lately, but maintains that it is at a rate slower than the national average. Kilman S. Sprey, executive director of Chicago's Michael Reese Health Plan, made up mainly of the big medical center's employes but which is now expanding to include industrial groups, offers one explanation: "The idea is to make sure the individual has regular checkups, sees the doctor as early as possible, and doesn't wait around until the illness is too far advanced." Sorey believes "the boss is going to find, very quickly, that when he has an HMO his workers are going to lose less time due to hospitalization and severe illness. And he's going to find them a lot healthier and productive." Potential consequences of the plan — for workers, Blue Cross, employes, other insurance plans and hospitals — are far- reaching and, in the thinking of some medical men, revolutionary. One provision, for example, requires an employer of 25 or more who provides a health insurance package to offer his employes a choice between a federally certified HMO and traditional indemnity health insurance. Most employes, however, won't have the opportunity to exercise that choice until the HMO concept catches on. Relatively few now exist. With federal funds pouring in, Iwwever, many new ones are expected to be formed, others expanded, and existing health care plans converted to the new style. The initiative in formation can come either from a medical group, as at Michael Reese, or from a group of people seeking medical services. Sorey, whose organization is associated with the highly regarded Reese Medical Center on the Near South Side of Chicago, feels strongly that "we can provide the individual with better and more economical health care because we stress prevention." He and others note that the United States has lagged behind some qlher nations in longevity and in lowering infant mortality, us well as in other measures of general health. Preventive medicine, he suggests, might change this. HMOs conceivably could also spur industry to greater efforts. A study by the Conference Hoard, a private, nonprofit organization, concludes that industry is lagging in its contribution to improved health care. -Seymour I.usterman, a health and welfare specialist for the board, cc-mwenls that "most senior corporate executives concede they do not- rank health care as a top priority concern." Many of them, he states, are skeptical of their power or competence to effect constructive change, or even of the legitimacy of greater business involvement in the professional health care area. HMOs could change that attitude. Time, and more experience with the ability of HMOs to fulfill their promise will tell. Fergis Falls (Mn.) Jourial Wed., Mar. 6, 1974 A Danish journalist estimated that, during the 1972 Olympics, "The people of Denmark gained a total of 2,000 tons in weight, just from munching snacks before their television sets." ATLAS TURNS GOLDEN NEW YORK (AP)-The first annual road atlas of the United States was published by Rand McNally 50 years ago, in 1924. To celebrate his half-century milestone, the veteran road map publisher is issuing a golden anniversary edition of the road atlas for 1974, back-to- back with a facsimile of its 1926 road atlas — the earliest of Elan McNally's road atlases known still to exist. No copies of the original 1924 atlas could be found, even after an extensive search of the country. ARMOUR STAR-3 LB. CAN-SPICED LUNCHEON MEAT '2" BONDED BEEF SALE T-BONE STEAK H-.M" FRESHLY-GROUND, IN 3 LB. PKGS. OR LARGER GROUND Coupon expires Sunday, March 10,1974 BONANZA! DUTCH GIRL SLICED WHITE BREAD ARMOUR'S VERI-BEST, ONE-QUARTER WITH COUPON AND A $10 ORDER OR MORE THIS WEEK LIMIT-3 LOAVES WITH COUPON, ONE COUPON PER CUSTOMER PARTS MISSING. 16-OZ. AVG. CORNISH RAMF HFNQ 9 FOR $139 ARMOUR STAR-PULLMAN STYLE PORK LOIN SLICED INTO CHOPS! 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