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HiE OHIO COU~I'Y TIMES, HARTFORD, KENTUCKY, MAY 5, 1977, SECTION 2, PAGE 2 i: :i:i i i:i:i: iiii ii!il Seven days in May (May 8-14) will be National increase in the number of clinical laboratory tests Hospital Week. After that we can go back to taking performed per man-hour. for granted our nation's 7,156 hospttals-unle or Yet despite improved efficiency, overhead is until we visit in pain or in tears, such that only 1-in-10 of America's finest teaching iiil Before and after National Hospital Week some hospitals is able to operate in the black--and those i!i::::ii will mean-mouth the medical profession generally by less than 2 percent. and mention hospitals only to repeat some story Much of the increased overhead reflects more relayed through some friend of a friend of a neigh- sophisticated technology. bor's relative. But these costs have to be measured against the But-if only this once a year-let's hear it for the harvest: transplants, bypass surgery, megavoltage Your parents had a life expectancy of 47.3 years.Your grandfather had to go to Mayo s for You can expect to live half-again that long. We specialized treatment now commonly available in must be doing something right, your hometown community hospital. There are now In just the past five years our nation's death rate 400 American hospitals with bypass teams. In- has been reduced by nearly 5 percent! tensive care, unheard of a few decades ago, is Improved medical treatment has diminished available now in 63 percent of our hospitals; 31.9 every major death threat except two-and for thosepercent are equipped for cardiac intensive care', two we have mostly ourselves to blame: suicide and 69.8 percent for respiratory therapy; 31.3 percent iii!iii lung cancer, have nurseries for prematures, iiiii!ii :::::::: The cost of hospitalization? Dreadful! Until you recognize that hospitals operate around iiiiiiii the clock, seven days a week at a per-hour cost to !iiiiill the patient which is half what we pay the TV :i:i:i:i repairman. !:i:i:i: Let's hear it for the hospital! ii!!!iii Nationwide, hospitals employ 3 million people- '"'"" five times more than the automobile industry. :::::::: Those payrolls nourish our public treasury and our i:i:i? hometown economy. !ii::iiil In 1929 hospitals contributed 3.6 percent to our i:i:i:i: nation's GNP; today 8.3 percent. ii!!i!i! Your hospital charges more for patient care? ii!iii!! Hear this: Hospitals spend more than ever before. Let's hear it for the hospital! So far I've said nothing about the punishing ef- iiii!ii :.:.:.: fects of inflation and arbitrary hiring quotas and :::::::: mandatory government safety modification To iiiiiii comply with just one bureaucratic edict last year ii!i!iii cost Florida hospitals $50 million. And the malpractice insurance menace hasi!iii!ii multiplied that cost in some places 1,000 percent in !i!ii!!i one year! And while you and I are staggered by the in- i!iiiiii creased per-day cost of hospitalization-balance :i:i:!:i :-::.'..:: that against this: :::::::: Our hospitals, whether six beds or more than !i!iiiii 3,000, general or specialized, are now able to ex- i iiiiii ii!i!il io 19 . b..on ao,1 b..on d,te treatmeot aod r t.erapy so t.at iiiiiii ...... Your hospital bill has increased 300 percent in the average patient is out of the hospital in fewer days. past 20 years; the costs of operating a hospital have American hospitals, at whatever cost, are by all iiiiii! increased 300 percent in the past 10 years, measures the world s finest. They have given us iiiiii! i iiii! And hospitalization would cost you much more back workdays we would have lost and have i!i!::ii than it does except for the ceasele efforts by credited our personal account with additional pain- !iiiiii iii!i!i administrators and personnel to share services, free years of life itself. ! i!ii ii ::i::i share equipment and improve personnel efficiency. If only for this seven days in May, let's hear it for ii!i!!! In the last seven years there has been a 45 percent the hospital ! !ii!i!:: ::!::::: ..............,..........,................o............................. ,...;.; ... ;.;..,; .....;.,. ,........................... ,: .........-.-.:.. ,:........... :.:.:...:...:.:.... :... :..... :.:. :.:.:...: .:. :. :.:..........: .:,.. :.....:...:.:...:.:... :.....: ========================================================= ...~:......,................,......,....,.....-.............~......~.~...............................`.~.~...:..~..:~..~:.~.:.~.~.~.:.....:.:.....:.~.:.~.:.:...:....~.....~..%...........:....~........:.~.......~..~......~..~....~......~.....~......................................................./............ ~.~:~.~:~:~.~.~.~:~:~:~:~:~..~.~i~....~..~....~....~.~.......~.~.........~......~...~...~......~........~...~...~...~................~............~.......~.~.~..~.~....~..~.........../..~....~...~..........~.~.................~...../....~.........../........................................ e The mere mention of a subject that hints of taking money out of the pockets of people immediately is met with unfavorable responses The outcry seems to come on even stronger when medical and hospital expenses are involved. Currently under consideration is an across-the-board room rate increase at the Ohio County Hospital. In the proposal set out by Jay Timmons, administrator at the hospital during the hospital board's last meeting, semi-private rates would be raised from $51.00 to $51.00 a day and private rooms would go from $55.00 to $65.00 a day. In defense of his request, Timmons said the increase still would leave the local rales lower than the rates currently being charged by hospitals in the surrounding area. He also blamed inflation for the need for more money. His request virtually fell on deaf ears. As far as two members of the board were concerned, the proposal was ill-timed. C.B. Embry and George Blackburn are involved in primary election campaigns and naturally would prefer to stay away from an issue with almost certain con- troversial overtones. A.V. Conway and Perr with political ties. However, neither primary or November general elections. But, two facts remain. The hospital does need additional increase would leave the local rates lower and national average. Medenco, the Houston-based firm manage the hospital, has done a creditable most of the medical hub's financial ills. Tiffs virtual overnight change in the plexlon is a credit to Medenco and the people placed in key administrative positions. Failure to get the proposed increase possible cut in services now With outstanding emergency room promise of more doctors coming into Ohio hospital, after years of struggling, is progress. The board should take a long at request. And ff it goes against the should privide an equally acceptable 0 The Small Business Administration reveals that about like what you sell or the prices you pttt our, goods or 60 percent of those who go into business for themselves services, they discharge you into failure by dealing with fail. It states that there are now about 8.8 million small someone else. t, enterprises But that s the score of Keep your prices down Not to do so is bad business The failures start, of course, with management - the Good enterprises operate on the fundamental principle of priceless ingredient. Good management may not be able to save everything, but bad management, can ruin anything. Financing a new business at a bank, if it is necessary, may be helpful. The use of credit for a business' ad- vancement requires that a man be sure of his ground and earn a reputation for meeting debts promptly. If so, he usually can arrange for the money at the banks. Bankers are reputed to be cold and calculating. This is grossly unfair. The essence of their profession is not merel ' to make loans by the book but to weigh the character and capability of the borrower. Will he do what he says he will? Moreover, when the borrower owes the money, this keeps him aware of the obligation. He saves and works to that end. The debt retired, he has something solid. One step at a time, be can go further and further in business life. All this bears directly on a man's estimate of when, at long last, the business will become profitable. The voice of experience shouts that it is usually wise (and often vital) to double or triple any estimate about how long it may be before the new firm shows a profit. In simple truth, for every firm that succeeds by the time you estimate that it will, a thousand businesses take a great deal longer - or fat. Mistake No. 1 is to go into business for yourself merely to escape dependence on others - a natural failing, but utterly ridiculous. You find that you have countless bosses First, your customers are your bou If they do not delivering the best value for the least money. You must live on repeat business -- the eam . er additional, customers willing to buy again and again. Next, the tax collectors are your bosses. The taxes are relentless. If you make a profit you must pay the tax collectors -- or go to jail. They tell you how much of your hard-earned profits you can keep for yourself and your family Next, your employees are your bosses. They must always be paid whether you make a profit or suffer a loss, and for whatever length of time it takes to turn the corner. They simply do not work unless you guarantee to pay them - come what may. Next, federal, state and local agencies are your bosses. And they make themselves felt in a dozen different ways. The paperwork on this is costly - and unending. Next, your creditors are your bosses. If you cannot meet their bills you cannot stay in business. The crunch is everlastingly hard. You must meet the overhead that continues day and night, meet the weekly payroll, pay the raw materials bills, convert the raw materials into finished products, sell them successfully, invoice them and collect the money -- all within the needed time. Profit -- the acid test -- has been made to sound like a dirty word. But making a profit is awfully, awfully hard. Witness the Small Business Administration's revelation that 60 percent of those who go into business for them. selves fail. The man who can emerge with a profit is a miracle man indeed. Government now takes 44 cents out of every dollar of American income. Who pays? Ninety percent of income taxes are paid by people earning between $5,000 and S O,O O a ymr. The awwnge tazlmyae is spending more than a third of an 8-hour work day laboring to pay federal, state and local taxes. Carter's suggested tax rebate would make the situation worse, not better. Of course, Billy's brother is a very forthright person; he's right about a fourth of the time. The answer is a drastic reduction in government spending. The alternative is certain bankruptcy, runaway inflation, economic crash, revolution, dic- tatorship. The federal deficit alone is now $1.5 billion a week. And getting worse. More than eighty million Americans are now mainly or pertly dependent on a government check, as we rush toward Swedish-style socialism. Yes, we must drastically change the tax system. But that is no more the answer to our financial problem than is re-decorating the home to combat termites. We should demand (I) that government be reduced to the point that it takes not more than ten percent of our total production (instead of nearly half), and (2) that it be illegal, except in time of declared war, for any ad- ministration to incur a budget deficit. Our "leadem" spend our money like a drunken sailor with a credit card. HOW TO SPEND IT Great debate rages in countless municipalities over how the hundreds of millions of dollars of federal aid money is to be spent: Low income housing? Parking areas? Playgrounds? Public transportation? Roads? Rarely does an honest voice speak out to say: There ought not to be any federal aid. Why should the majority of the people, who don't live in cities, "save the cities?" why save the cities? A great many of the ltl worth saving. If aelty km .vos to live, its own Which reminds me that we are days about how and why Jimmy Cart President. Organlzat/on? Black vote? Ford as opponent? Yes, all of these. But the main reas carnation of the phony Franklin D. President of the United States of America deserve Carter. Many pundits and pollsters now tell us American people are overwhelmingly Horseradish. Maybe they are conservative until their own ox is gored; until their own federal goodie trough is jeopardized. the majority of the American people has They are. willing to sacrifice their Brother will steal from ,somebody else to We inherited the highest degree of that the citizens of any nation in history joyed. And the highest standard of living. incompetent, lazy, and say that the distributed fairly -- like If we lose our free Republic, no nation in have ever deserved it more. No, the majority doesn't want to lose what The majority doesn't even know that on the road we're on. The majority thinks today. The majority is a giob of slob. As Finn inquired: "Haln't we got every fool in side? And hain't that a .big enough town?" 9 with Joe Spear i! WASHINGTON - Congressional leaders have served notice on the White House that President Carter won't get his five-cent gasoline tax. They have made this clear to the president's top energy adviser, James Schlesinger, at secret energy meetings. They have told him bluntly that the gasoline tax is politically impossible. This is a personal affront to the president, for the gasoline tax was his idea. In the backrooms of the White House, Sohlesinger opposed the tax, but was overruled by the president himself. Carter looked upon the gasoline tax as a symbol of the sacrifice Americans must make to prevent an energy catastrophe. It would be a constant reminder to the consumers, he felt, that they must conserve gas. Some congressional leaders believe the gasoline tax was intended to be a bargaining chip which the presider would offer give up - in return for other parts Of !11 program. But sources close to Carter tell us he definitely wanted the tax to become law. They also say he is not a man who likes to lose political battles. But this one he will lose. We've learned that the gasoline tax will be killed by the taxwriting House Ways and Means Committee. Contract Game: The fine art of gaining military contracts depends heavily on political influence. The executive suites of almost all the top defense co tractors, therefore, are populated with retired generals, admirals and civilians from the Pentagon. The new Watergate morality, unfortunately, hasn't changed the hiring practices. In fact, the employment opportunities were better than ever last year for bigwigs leaving the Pentagon. According to the confidential count of Sen. William Proxmire, D-Wis., the number of military men who went to work for defense contractors increased 68 percent. There was an even higher, 120 percent, increase in the number of civilian officials who joined the top 100 defense contractors. Northrop hired a record 79 Defense Department veterans last year. Boeing hired 64, and Rockwell In- ternational put 57 on the payroll. This helped all three companies stay in the top 10 of Pentagon contractors. Camera Flap: The president's son Jeff Carter, caused a stir in the House chamber last week. Only a few ac- credited press photographers are allowed to bring cameras into the chamber. But Jeff showed up for his father's energy message with an unauthorized camera. Jeff clicked away, unaware of the rules. This has now caused a backstage flap. A White House spokesman assured us .that Jeff's pictures are strictly personal and won't be used for commercial purposes. But Capitol doorkeeper Jim Malloy is unimpressed. He told us Jeff would have to qualify for credentials before he can bring his camera back into the House chamber. Fuddle Factory: The Postal Service can't seem to keep its books straight. Postmaster General Ben Bailar an- nounced last week that the postal system has a $5 million surplus. At the same time, the Post Office Commission has asked Congress for $625 million to pay off its debts. Startled congressmen would like to know how the Postal Service could be in debt and still declare a surplus. They intend to find out at postal appropriations hearings which began last week in the House. --There is also confusion at the Internal Revenue Service. First, President Carter told congressional leaders he would fill three out of four vacancies at the IRS. Then Treasury Secretary Michael Blumenthal announced the replacements would be limited to only one out of four vacancies. Then the IRS, itself, announced that no vacancies would be filled. The House Appropriations Committee got so irritated over the juggling act that it simply whacked more than $24 million off the IRS budget. This should settle the issue. Now there won't be any money to pay for replacements. Kremlin Pipeline: The Central Intelligence Agency has been studying the weather over Russia. The ouUook ts unfavorable. The CIA has concluded, therefore, that the Soviets won't be able to harvest another record wheat crop this fall. If the CIA's weather forecast is acctwate, should be back next year trying to buy m the United States. --President Carter has received an telligence estimate which reveak that the now prepared to sacrifice their main citi nuclear showdown with the United St ts . The Soviets are actively preparix change, which would cost them permit them to recover military and They are concentrating on protecting sites, military bases and miufle slio . nuclear strategy, aocord/ng to the secret based on recovering from a nuclear the United States. Republican Holdovers: President Democratic broom. He promised to Republican holdovera out of the juiciest jobs are still the waiting Democrats upset. Our White House soure told us Hamilton Jordan is responsible for the He doesn't want to risk of inter t. SO be is holding thorough background clmclm.