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from 1A of health care that been accustom- is not going to era. One big people are going start foregoing of choice. Typi- that has cam- health insurance, or will go to any hos- 0r any physician. going in the oppo- Businesses with what they call ed provider" stat- go to a group of and say, "If we all of our employ- kind of discount give us?" They'll an arrangement then go to a has- the same thing." who falls under arrangement have freedom of ealth care in- generally tell their to shop around? Not only shop a- they're advocat- many cases re- mat you have a sec- Particularly, on Patients. The Public Insurance Trust that their mem- second opinions Surgical procedure. for it. They're ad- it because they're their costs. bin, yOU get into of medicine physicians stand- physician may M&H Sales, Inc. Rt. 2, Box 349 ROnceverte, WV Qt Organ Cave 97 110 CITATION 4 cyl, 4 speed FORD ESCORT* ':yl., 4 speed '79 OMNI 4 door, auto. ESCORT i =Pd., extra sharp CITATION , auto., PS, PB, air RELIANT , P$, PB, air ~O PINTO miles tO BRONCO PS, PB EEP C J-7 Y-8, PS, 3 spcl. ~l~p IS NOW OPEN r YOur cUStomized exhaust" tEN DAILY PM g April 6th Saturday Until 4:30 PM think surgery is required while another may want to treat a condition in some oth- er way. You get conflicts. Every physician has their own philosophical approach to the practice of medicine. Unfortunately, the way that health care is going, physi- cians are being dictated to. Q: Through programs like DRG's? A: Yes. They are being told, "This is the way that you have to do it," particu- larly by Medicare. If we get a patient in here that requires a length of stay that is more than the DRG, they are say- ing that in order to keep the patient any longer we're go- ing to run into a penalty sit- uation. Still, the knowledge of the physician will prevail to the extent that patient really isn't ready to leave this hospital, even if they're receiving pressure from Medicare or an insurance company. Also, obviously they get it (pressure) from the hospital. Q: Physicians may have the final say on length of stay, but the patient is the one who decides whether or not to go to the hospital. Do you find that people who are fully insured may go to the hospital with minor ailments that might not require a hospital visit simply because they know that insurance will Pay for it? A: Yes, you're right. Q: That drives up costs? A: It does. Tl~e more you get into this--most insurance companies will pay for emer- gency room treatment, but they have their own defini- tion of what's an emergency. On the other side of the coin, you run into situations where people use the emer- gency room for a doctor's office visit, which is ex- tremely expensive. The emergency room operates at a loss. There is no way you can receive enough revenue to compensate for the cost of operating an emergency room. Nationwide, a number of hospitals have completely closed their emergency rooms, they don't even offer the service anymore. Q: What about special fa- cilities that deal strictly in emergency care? A: This is a new phenom- enon, too. This is a very pop- ular thing in Metropolitan areas. They price their ser- vices between the hospital emergency room and a dec- tot's office visit. There's a market for it, no question about it. There isn't enough population to have that type of thing here. EUREKA SALE Toot-Pak ~_ with detachable dust cover. LIMITED QUANTITIES Model 1784 2-MOTOR peak HP POWER TEAM MOTOR THE COMPLETE HOME CLEANING SYSTEM Roto.Matlc powerhead adjusts automatically to any carpet height ,Vibre.Groomer' ff beater bar/brush rail for deep cleaning eDeluxe 8-pc. cleaning attachment set included Power View assures maximum cleaning action. HURRY FOR EST. S_E_LEC TION THEY WON T LA51LONG DELUXE UPRIGHT WITH TOOLS BONUS! +I WITH PURCHASE OF MODEL 6 pc. above the floor tool 1428BT set included! CHECK THESE FEATURES: ... ~-ld~mn I~mt bwl IlleMl~ rd to lagoon dirt. ,,-De=I Edge Kleener" for E=cluil~ 4-way clearing right UP to the I~=I-A-IMap" bQleboards IdluSt| tO clee. ~'~dllilt h~ldli~t inks 4rqNtS from low out de1. ~ to is'rock ,| This gets into another thing. The stand-alone rural hospital in West Virginia, and actually throughout the United States, is in trouble. They don't have capital funds available to them to upgrade facilities, buy new equipment. They are closing across the States because they can no longer afford to do business. The way things Classifieds WANTED: Coin Collections bought, sold, appraised. Coins & Things. Ronceverte. 645-7232. NOTICE: Import/ExpOrt spe- cialist desires to relocate in Greenbrier County Will consider consulting service Reply to Import, c/o Mountain Messenger Newspaper, Inc., P.O. Box 340, Ronceverte, WV 24970 NOTICE: Black and white photo- graphy services. Passports, rolls, copying of your old photos. Leave at Fast Fate in Fairies or call Jay's Photo at 645-3703. BENEFIT AUCTION: The Bethel Pentecostal Holiness Church, Organ Cave, will hold a Benefit Auction, Sat., June 15 at Organ Cave Com- munity Center. Any one having good items they would like to do- nate, please call us at 647.5970, 645-2398 or 647-5718 and someone will pick them up. Proceeds go to building fund. are going, the hospital com- panies are coming along and buying hospitals, their ad- vantage being that they are operating a very large, ex- pansive business. 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