Galesburg Register-Mail from Galesburg, Illinois on July 11, 1973 · Page 24
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-24 (aatesburg Register1973 Price Freeze Hurts Some ; No Effect Gatesibufg hospital Otffici^ds today said the government's curfeftt price freeze end residual of the past three phases of ttie economic star bUlzation program may eventually force them to "tighten their beUs" but at this point there is tittle effect Some tmpltafe in Flxwida, Illinois, Massachusetts and Oklahoma have eonne close *o bankruptcy and dosing, according to a survey of member hospitals of the American HospM Assn. Diavid Fleming, vice president of development at Cot* ftiage Hospital, said the finian- cial difficulties lacing such hospitals may or may not be caused by the price controls. At this time he sees little effect on Colage Hospital. "What it bois down to in simple terms is the diliculty of freezing one end and not the other. This eventually will cause trouble in some way," Fleming commenlted. "At this specific time I don't believe it is." LOU STEPHENS, director of operational services at St. Mary's Hospital, said there would be some effect but at this point he is not sure what it will be. "I think ail hospitals in the country are having to tighten beitts. Some are dipping into reserves for operating funds," he added. As yet, St. Mary's has not needed to do so. Meat prices and food prices all over the country are up but hospitals have not been allowed to increase nates, Stephens said. "I think (freezes came at a time when suppliers' prices were high." David Kiniser of the Illinois Hospital Assn. said the impact of 'the price controls on hospitals is diverse. "Some hospitals are still weathering it. Some which were oper- ' ailing at a break-even point have really been squeezed." ACCORDING to an administrator for Bon Secours Hospital in Methuen, Mass., the hospital is having difficulty paying creditors. It recently borrowed $350,000 which is being used to pay bills. Since January, food costs at the hospital have risen 18 per cent and it has had to cancel regularly-scheduled pay raises for employes three times. In addition, the administrator said the hospital is losing money on Medicare patients. The government is using a cost formula from 1971 figures which, he said, are below the inflationary figures of 1973 standards. The Christian Welfare Hospital of East St. Louis took 27 years to accumulate reserves of $1,024,000 to cover construction and capital improvement needs but has had to use this money since the January price controls "to stay alive," Daniel Hicks, the administrator, has said. "During our last fiscal year we had to write off $680,000 in Medicare, Medicaid and free care cases,- Eighty per cent of our occupancy consists of welfare patients." The hospital was panted an exception following its report to the Internal Revenue Service that it had exhausted its reserves, Hicks said. The hospital otherwise would have Host $600,000 for treating Medicaid patients on a full cost basis, he added. Government Medical Care: Too Little and Too Short! By BRUCE BIOSSAT WASHINGTON (NBA)—With health care demands and costs stffl soaring upward, spotcheck appraisals suggest that many elderly Americans, and often their families, think they get too little government aid and that it ends too soon. What inquiry discloses is that there is special concern and puzzlement over the fact that many elderly folk with protracted illnesses below "hospital level" care can get no help at aH under the federal government's extensive Medicare program. PRESENT LAW provides that persons eligible under Medicare must first have been hospitalized for at least three consecutive days before quali- fyiing for lesser care in what the government calls "extended-care facilities" or, more recently, "skilled-care facilities." The language covers what are generally thought of as nursing homes. Those eligible tor nursing home care must be admitted within 14 days of being discharged from a hospital, on no add can be granted. The basic eligible*, of course, are those persons 65 and over who are also qualified under the Social Security or Railroad Retirement programs. (Persona born before 1903 can get Medicare's hospital benefits even if they've never paid any Social Security taxes.) STARTING THIS JULY, persons reaching 65 but not qualified under Social Security end heretofore ineligible for hospital insurance can enroll for such protection on a voluntary basis. Also beginning this July, Medicare coverage is extended to some 1,720,000 people who have been getting Social Security disability payments for two years or more—as of July 1. This is the first time "any Americans under age 65 qualify for Medicare. Once any of the enlarged millions of Medicare eligiWes has completed the required hospitalization (three straight days) and gone into a nursing home, the bewilderment and' unhiappiness over payment for care intensifies. At the core of the difficulty is the phrase "skilled care." Even to be admitted to a qualified nursing home (some 4,000 places fit government sfcandardls), a person must require continued skilled nursing care. UNDER THE NEW 1972, the Medicare definitliion of such care was broadened to include skilled rehabilitation services. Also under law revisions, persons hospitalized for certain conditions who then clearly need skilled care are presumed to require—lor a specified time set by rule —the kind of care provided in a skilled nursing facility. So long as an eligible individual needs continuing skilled care, Medicare's hospital insurance covers up to 100 days of care in a nursing home in a single "benefit period"— (a span of illness set OM from any other by 60 straight days at home.) For many, many, Americans, the trouble with all this is that it affords no insurance protection for what is called "custodial care," a circumstance wherein a person simply needs help with such things as eating, dressing, bathing, walking, taking medicine at the proper times. Even if skilled nurses pro­ vided such services, no pay^ merits will be made for them under Medicare. SUPPOSE, FOR INSTANCE thai) you have an elderly mother who is bedridden because of a stroke or some other ailment. She may-need to be watched over almost constantly just to meet her normal living requirements. That is inevitably burdensome il she is kept at home, and very costly if she is in a nursing home and lives on and on. Unless something requires her hospltaizaitlion and subsequent continued skilled nursing home care, she can't draw any sort of Medicare payment during a possible very long span of confinement. The elderly thus afflicted, and their families, see this as cruelly unjust, and see no benefit at all for them in Medicare. But thousands upon thousands of these custodial cases iare truly open-ended. They may go on for years. The cost of Medicare payments for such care would be astronomical, and would require steep hikes either in Social Security payment taxes, income taxes, or both. Public resistance would be high. IN FISCAL 1972 (ended last July, Medicare and related state-run Medicaid required government outlays of $13 billion for people 65 and over. No one in authority is even guessing at the huge sums needed if custodial care were also covered, So the cutoff, leaving out payments for custodial care, is the government's way of saying it can't pay for everything in health aid. 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