Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia on August 24, 1975 · Page 128
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Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia · Page 128

Charleston, West Virginia
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Sunday, August 24, 1975
Page 128
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by LLOYD SHEARER BECAUSE OF VOLUME OF MAIL RECEIVED. PARADE REGRETS IT CANNOT ANSWER QUERIES ABOUT THIS COLUMN. Once touted ·BD as the MO world's best so______ cialized medical care system, Great Britain's state-run National Health Service is going broke. According- to more than 200 doctors from London's otfrfc. Thomas' Hospital, only a massive transplant of money can save it from collapse. In a letter to "The Times" of London the physicians point out that "inadequate financing of MES is leading to a state of crisis... we believe that the collapse of the National Health Service would be a national catas- "trophe . " '''*'" The doctors predict "a collapse in the 'near future unless the community pays more for its health care." The MS was founded in 1948, offering free medical care for rich and _- poor, providing almost every conceivable kind of taifcreatment . Eighty-five per' cent of its funding comes from general taxation, but large pay hikes for employees and a 25 per cent inflation have reduced -services to the point of mounting despair among patients, doctors, and nurses. At a recent meeting of the British Medical Asso- ation, which represents ,000 doctors, BMA Chairman Walpole said flatly: "We need everything we have now just to hold ourselves together." Last year to keep the National Health Service going, the government appropriated an extra $1.32 billion. But inflation ate most of that up. Health economists esti- 'mate that it now needs another $2 billion to sur- ' vive. But Prime Minister Harold Wilson's Lahor Government insists there's no money to spare. Meanwhile the man-in- the-street complains about the poor health care he is being taxed to pay for, and the British medical profession casts doubt upon the competency of the many thousands of Indian, Pakistani, and Egyptian physicians who man the British hospitals. Japanese . tourists spend the most and British tourists the least on their visits to the U.S. The typical Japanese tourist spends an average of $569 in this country. A British tourist spends $291. According to a Commerce .Department study, more than 14 million foreign visitors entered the U.S.A. last year. More than 12 million came from six countries--Canada, Mexico, Japan, Great Britain, West Germany and France, in that order. .. The typical Japanese tourist is young, well- educated, a first-time traveler. The typical British tourist is older,,also well-educated, usually resides in London. The tourist from West Germany, who spends an average of $466 here, is married, lives in an in- .' dustrial area, has a relatively low income, can be either a manager or an Unskilled worker. The Frenchman who visits America spends an average of $459, is young, well- educated, skilled or professional, usually resides in Paris. Most tourists to the U.S. (8.6 million last year) come from Canada or Mexico (1.8 million). * t CHRISTINA AND ALEXANDER CHASSIS IN 1954 UINGH They were sad-eyed children, even then in 1954 when this brother- and-sister photo was taken of Christina and Alexander Onassis, the only children of Tina and Aristotle Onassis. Of the parents and children, only one, Christina, 24, is alive today after unsuccessfully attempting suicide in London last year. Young Alexander Onassis died in 1973 at age 24 in a plane crash in Greece. His mother Tina died in '74 in Paris at age 45 of who . knows what. Christina's father died in Paris in mid-March of 1975. There is no correlation between great wealth and happiness. In the not too distant future, Americans may do away with deodorants. Instead they may be able to purchase chemically treated clothes that prevent the growth of odor-causing bacteria. The prospect was recently advanced at a meeting of the American Chemical Society by Tyrone L. Yigo of the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Southern Regional Research Center in flew Orleans. Vigo explained that two procedures for anti-hac- terial fabric are being developed, one involving chlorination, the other involving chlorinated textiles which are converted into thiocyanated · cotton, containing 4 per cent sulfur and 1 per cent nitrogen. Cotton fabric treated by either method retains its physical properties and moderately inhibits the growth of bacteria.

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