The Cincinnati Post from Cincinnati, Ohio on December 18, 1973 · 15
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The Cincinnati Post from Cincinnati, Ohio · 15

Cincinnati, Ohio
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Tuesday, December 18, 1973
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The Cincinnati Port Tuosctoy Doc 18 1973 15 Health task force opposes more Ohio medical schools BY HASKELL SHORT AND GINNY-HUNTER Gov John J Gilligan’s Citizens Task Force on Health Services said today it is opposed to establishing new medical schools in the Dayton area in northeastern Ohio The report released at Columbus is bound to raise a storm of controversy In it the task force also: Recommended that Blue Cross organizations in Ohio be put under state control answerable to a nine-member commission appointed by the governor and confirmed by the Ohio Senate Estimated that over use of hospi- tal facilities is costing Ohioans an unnecessary S500 million a year Proposed that graduate medical ' programs be established at six state Punch cards may be BY BILL FURLOW Politics Reporter The Hamilton County Board of Elections may install a punch card voting system for trial use in two state legislative districts for the May primary elections Representatives of Computer Election Systems (CES) the company in Birmingham Mich that makes the system demonstrated it here yesterday and told the board it would cost about $65000 to try it out in two districts (abour 220 precincts) The elections board staff said the Lockland cable TV plan is rejected LOCKLAND: City Council last night learned the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has rejected a plan to implement cable television here Mayor Raymond A Bauer told counci Imen that an application filed by Community TV Inc had been rejected because it didn't meet FCC standards The application was filed about two years ago Bauer said ' Tom York spokesman for Community TV said the system had it been approved would have served residents of Lockland Reading and Wyoming Council will meet in special session tonight to revise city ordinances to conform with the new Ohio Criminal Code which becomes effective next month 8000 toys for kids whose parents need help at the universities to encourage more young physicians who have completed medical college training to intern m those areas In coming out against oMiinni state medical schools die task force bowed to arguments that existing medical education facilities at die University of Cincinnati Ohio State University ’ Western Reserve University and Toledo University are sufficient - New schools have been proposed for Wright State Central State Miami Kent State Akron and Youngstown Universities THE REPORT largely blamed doo tors for unnecessarily running up the hospital bills of Ohio patients It said the doctors hospitalize patients— who could be treated just as well on a less-expensive outpatient basis— both for the doctors’ own convenience total cost of the trial would be about $45401 because about $21000 would be saved by the board not having to buy the special paper ballots used by the Coleman voting system All four board members are interested in the punch card system and its potential for over-all savings easier voting and faster vote counts The CES system was approved by the Secretary of State for use in Ohio this fall The General Assembly passed a bill earlier in the year paving the way for its use Local con John J Irwin Jr a fast-talking con man with expensive tastes and a yen for publicity flimflammed his way out of the Lebanon Correctional Institution yesterday by waving a phony gate pass at a guard It was tiie third escape in 23 months for the 22-year-old Wyoming O man whose taste for chauffeur-driven limousines and posh hotels put him behind bars with a three-to-22-year prison sentence William Dallman superintendent at the institution said Irwin escaped by breaking into the associate warden's office and stealing the forms permitting him to leave the prison He filled out the documents on a prison typewriter Irwin was arrested in January 1972 by Cincinnati Detective Marvin Friedman Irwin had been on a six-month Caribbean spending spree In which he allegedly passed $75044 of worthless checks police said Expenditures on the extended “vacation" included the charter of an executive jet to fly him from Florida to Jamacia and so die patients can take advantage of their hospitalization tnwirwve policies It also noted that doctors now in fear of malpractice suits are ordering at additional ex- But the need the growing costs that hospitals revenue to meet THE IDEA of putting Blue Cross I stirred up immediate opposition from those who dislike under state control the mixture of government and medicine Ohio has seven Blue Cross plane-including Cincinnati-based Blue Cross of Southwest Ohio— independently operated by their own boards subject only to somewhat limited regulations by die Olio Department of Insurance "We’re not in favor of die recora- used in May If the board decides to use the system in two districts all voters in those would vote only on the CES precincts hnllnff The CES ballot is a computer card that is inserted into a slot in the portable voting booth The voter uses a metal stylus to punch the card and markhis ballot The CES representatives told the board the ballot count in the test precincts could be completed less than four hours after the polls dose The board members will meet again artist escapes He also was convicted for the theft of blank checks from his father's construction company at 637 East McMillan after his arrest he placed in the Hamilton County jail to await trial on embezzlement and confidence he escaped by dis-himself as another who was scheduled Sheriff's deputies didn’t realize Irwin had escaped until he called local newspapers to boast of his caper Four days after his escape Irwin arranged to surrender' Post James Ferris left seems te be having trouble deciding between a trailer track or a jet plane kit for Ms young son Ferris was assisted in his toy selections by Firefighter William Ra-hill at the Post Charities Toy Shop at Salvation Army Headquarters Kathy Drew right is assisted by Firefighter Donald Fox as she shops for Christmas gifts for her children Georgia Covington right gets some expert assistance in bundling up her toys as she is leaving the Toy Miop Twelve area social sendee agencies worked with Post Charities in referring to the Toy Shop parents in need of Christmas help A total of ION toys were given out PtaMgraatw: MIMI FULLER mendation” a spqkesman for Blue Cross of Southwest Ohio said The Blue Cross plans are considering a consortium “not necessarily -a merger” with shared services he said The task force also said Blue Cross and Blue Shield dans have too much money put away m reserve accounts Collectively die plans have more than $1344 million equal to a four month reserve If all income would sud-' denly stop a one-month reserve would be adequate the Ohio Department of Insurance told the task force Blue Cross of Southwest Ohio has more than three months reserve a spokesman said Some plans however have less than a one-month reserve he said OFFICIALLY UC is not taking a stand on the proposal for new medical' schools primary with CES personnel Friday to go into more detail on how the trial would work Also at yesterday's meeting board members agreed te ask the county-prosecutor's office for an opinion on whether a second recount could be held in n Deer Park City Council race Earl E Laycock who had asked for a recount in his race with Leo T Leonard requested a second recount Laycock finished two votes behind Leonard in the recount The board said it was not sure a second recount could be conducted third time and he was convicted ’of embezzlement and larceny by trick by Judge Rogert V Wood of Hamilton County - Common Pleas Court Irwin was sent te Longview State Hospital but walked away la April 1973 for his second escape-Captured and brought back before Judge Wood in July he was sentenced to the Lebanon Correctional Institution At that time the judge said: “Ho can talk his way in and out of any institution” Yesterday Irwin walked Out of Lebanon— making a Droohet of his honor Charities Toy Shop But Dr Edward A Gall vice president of UC and director of its Medical Center says “Personally I don’t believe we need additional medical schools in this state” If placing young doctors in more Ohio communities is the goal then UC and the other medical schools can develop plans for new “ventures” to rotate students in new locations he said Dr Gall questions whether more doctors are needed All four medical schools in the state are presently expanding he said It will be “a significant increase” he said The General Assembly authorized ‘ money to start the new schools Gov Gilligan signed the bill because they were part of a general capital improvements bill But he let it be known he opposed the program as too expensive and unnecessary MEANWHILE the Ohio Board of the new the plans by delay But Saturday James A Norton chancellor of the Ohio Board of Regents said he will recommend to the board it release $150000 in planning funds He said his recommendation would carry with it the observation that if the General Assembly abandons the projects the $150000 will be lost Ohio Sen Howard Cook R-Toledo member of the finance committee told the Post that “In the beginning we (the r More med schools: pros and cons Here are arguments for and against establishment of six new medical schools in Ohio For The focus would be on training doctors in the most needed specialties — primary care family and community health-Medical students can take their academic courses in existing universities and practice their clinical skills in existing hospitals Practically all interns in Ohio today are in Cincinnati Columbus Cleveland and Toledo the cities with medical schoolsThe innovative medical schools would cost about half what traditional medical schools cost because they would need fewer classrooms committee) were not going to set them up” ' The committee was pressured by powerful people in tiie communities of the new schools but was won over by arguments existing facilities would be used and more family physicians produced Sen Cook said No one from Cincinnati approached the committee about the new schools he said THE TASK FORCE was appointed last February by the governor to look into all aspects of the delivery of health care and services Frank Celeste of Cleveland is chairman - A hearing was held in Cincinnati May 16 one of C’vht around the state Dr Gall and Bobbie Sterne Cincinnati councilwoman are on the manpower subcommittee of the 64-member task force Dr Edward Woliver a Cincinnati general surgeon and gynecologist was chairman of the subcommittee on organization Other Cincinnati area members are: Sister Mary Marjorie Bosse Sisters of Mercy Earl Kammer president of Blue Cross of Southwest Ohio Miss Ruth Ann Busald RN Miami University Carl Jesina vice president of Super X Drugs and Rep James Luken D-dndnnati Today's presentation at Columbus’ Neil House will be fid lowed by a full report to the governor who said he wants the recommendations discussed around the state during 1974 and then presented to the legislature in 1975 labs and faculty members the planners say Against More medical students are not needed in view of the expansion underway at the four medical schools in the state The plan to establish medical schools without constructing new buildings may not be feasible The Toledo medical school began with plans to use existing hospitals only to find it needed to build its own hospital Graduate programs in six universities around the state could attract young doctors to intern in area hospitals They would attend existing medical schools and then intern all over Ohio

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