Galesburg Register-Mail from Galesburg, Illinois on July 2, 1973 · Page 16
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Galesburg Register-Mail from Galesburg, Illinois · Page 16

Galesburg, Illinois
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Monday, July 2, 1973
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1JLjSdksbufg Register-MoiI, Golesburg, Monday, July 2, 1973 Britons Eyeing Private Health Care After 25 Years of Public Medicine 'I'll' Hi m» Mfeft •iiUiiiWw HI I'll! By TOM CULLiBN LONDON (NEA) - While American debate whether to extend Medicare, in Britain, tattle of socialized medicine, more and more people ate opting to pay lor their medical care under private health Insurance schemes. The trend here is seen as a black eye for Britain's National Health Service, which celebrates its 25th birthday in July, and which is currently costing .the taxpayer $6.2 billion a year. THE PRIVATE SECTOR Presses What it is mot competing with socialized medicine, but merely supplementing what the abate provides. Nev- eriess membership in private health services is booming. The largest of these, the British United Provident Association (BUiPA), now has 600,000 members on fits books, which means that it covers two million people when members' families are taken into account Not aM of BUPA's members are company executives. "With the affluent society ordinary working people now find that they can afford the besit in medicine as well as color television and holidays on the continent," Mrs. Mary Adams, a BUPA executive, explained. The advantages private medicine has to offer are ob­ vious. For example, a private patient Mho is hospitalized can choose his own consultant rather than take poit-Juck with a National Health Service doctor. MORE IMPORTANT, the private patient can jump the tone for a hospital bed. Cur- memitly the NHS has a waiting list of 500,000 patients for hospital beds, 80 per cent of whom require some form of surgery. An NHS patient stands a 1 in 16 chance of being admitted to one of London's teaching hospitals, which are the pampered darlings of state medicine. But a private patient's chances are 1 in 3. (Under the original National Health Act one per cent of the beds in ~tate-owned hospitals are set aside for private patients.) A free, adequate, and equal health service for ail was the high — some would say Utopian — goal set by the National Health Service, which began operations in July 1948. After a quarter of a century the NHS remains free, aside from minor charges for drug prescriptions, spectacles and dentures, tls services, however, are mat adequate in the opinion of many. AN EXAMPLE IS the acute shortage of doctors, there being fewer general practitioners today that there were 10 CYCLE INSURANCE Call Us For A Quote Today! CHECK THESE ADVANTAGES: Local Claims Service Competitive Price Lay-Up Coverage 2 Bike Discount Safe Cyclist Discount 6 8-12 Month Policies Pay Plans Available Robert Miller Agency 343-1168 CHERRY & SIMMONS years ago too care for a greater population. The reason (or this is that the government made a colossal blunder in 1955 when it ordered a 10 per cent cut in the intake of medical schools. The government was basing itself on a faulty population projection which showed a population increase of only 4.5 per cent between 1955 and 1971. In reality it grew by almost twice >as much. The result is (that today the percentage of NHS patients who live in "under-doctored" areas has doubled from 17 per cent to 35 per cent. The doctors themselves, many of whom carry a case-load of 3,500 patients, are overworked, have turned into mere pill-pushers in many cases. IN GEORGE ORWELL'S ''Animial Blarm" the Seventh Commandment, "Ail animals are equal," was changed to read, "All animals are equal, but some are more equal than Others." This could well be the motto of the National Health Service, which tends to perpetu- Toulon Schools Approve Raises TOULON - Toulon-LaFayette Board of Education has approved raises of 4 per cent for all non-instructional personnel, and 2 per cent for administrators. Roland Kruger was granted a raise to bring his salary in line with , other administrators. Kruger recently completed requirements to qualify as a school principal. In other action recently, the board approved contracts for Christine Anderson, Rebecca Lfentz, Mrs. Audrey Norman and Kathryn Wilson. Ray Thomas was hired as custodian for LaFayette Junior High School, and Mrs. Mary Jones was hired as secretary for Toulon High School. The board also hired Mrs. Judy Beamer as secretary-library aide at the West Jersey Elementary School. ate old social and economic The mental and geriatric hospitate, for example, are the Cinderellas of the NHS. Here patients usually get less medical attention, worse food, and live in more miserable conditions than other types of cases. In 1971-72 the average weekly expenditure on food in psychiatric hospitals was $8 .50 per patient 'Whereas other hospitals spent double that amount, and London teaching hospitals spent three times as much. WHEN THE NHS came into being in 1948 none of the private health insurance schemes expected (to last more than a year or two. Seventeen of these organizations came together to form the British United Provident Association in a sort of "suicide pact" for the purpose of phasing out their operations. None •was more surprised than its founders when after a shaky start (membership dropped from 39,000 in 1948 to 35,000 in 1950) BUPA caught on. The mid-19503 were the time of spectacular growth, BUPA picking up 150,000 new members in the period 19531956. By that time disillusionment with Britain's socialized medicine had set in. Today BUPA administers 20 short-stay hospitals of its own, is building six more. It also operates the finest automated medical center in Europe, where a complete diagnostip profile of ,a patient — blood tests, X-rays, cardiograph — can be compiled in two hours. The NHS has nothing comparable to offer. OBSERVERS HERE are convinced that private medicine has an important role to play in the socialized medical setup. "A mammoth state organization such as our National Health Service cannot afford to experiment," says Dr. William A. R. Thomson, editor of The Practitioner. "Private enterprise on the Other hand can and should be prepared to experiment. .'IN:.'- • 'iiiiiiv"| , , iii i i,: w%} "I »§ 11 ...„n, i : "'''villi 1,1111 III': 1 " , Local residents near Amsden Vt., found it rough going yesterday even with a trail bike as they push vehicle over washed out Highway 131 alongside the swift-moving Black Rocky Road River. Rampaging rivers left at least eight dead and hundreds homeless in Vermont and New Hampshire. UNIFAX Fresh New England Flood Warnings, 8 Known Dead MONTPELIER, Vt. (UPI) Fresh flood warnings were posted today along rain-swollen rivers in Vermont and New Hampshire where hundreds of persons were driven from their homes over the weekend. At least eight persons were reported dead and property damage was estimated in the millions of dollars. Three other persons were missing or drowned in Massachusetts. The National Weather Service issued new flood warnings along the Connecticut River between Vermont and New Hampshire after another downpour Sunday night halted the receding floodwaters and threatened to send the river back over its banks. Warnings were also out along the Pemiwegassett River in north central New Hampshire and the Androscoggin River in southwestern Maine. Police in Hanover, N.H., said Connecticut River was rising at the rate of two inches an hour late Sunday night. The weather service said the rain was expected to taper off early today. DRY CLEANING Thank You A Thank you to neighbors and friends who sent cards, money, food, and flowers at the time of the death of our mother. Also to Drs. Giles and Willander and the nursing personnel of Cottage Hospital and Knox County Nursing Home. Mrs. Pauline Dyer ft Family Mr. ft Mrs. Charles Williamson ft family Any SPECIAL C GARMENTS SORRY ... 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