Dr. Mary Hopeful CMMC to Share Racetrack Funds
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16-A Sunday, June 3, 1973 THE SHREVEPORT TIMES At Awards Dinner Dr. Mary Hopeful CMMC To Share Racetrack Funds By MARSHA SHULER Of The Times Staff Dr. Charles C. Mary Jr., commissioner of the Louisiana Health, Social and Rehabilita-t i o n Services Administration, said last night he was pleased that local legislators are seeking means to provide Confederate Memorial Medical Center with more funds. In am a d d r e s s before Confederate staff and alumni, he said public hospitals are here to stay and cautioned against taking government dollars for their support. "As we take government dollars we get government con-trol," he said. Dr. Mary told the group that e x p e n s e s increase with the number of medical students at such hospitals. "The more a medical center is involved the more funds are needed," he said. Bills before the legislature for | splitting up Louisiana Downs monies were lauded by Dr. Related Story on Page 1-C Mary because they would pro-vide additional funds without additional tax dollars. Although he would not cite a preference on which bill he supports (Walter 0. Bigby's or C. K. Carter's), he said one with a certain per cent designat-ed for Confederate would be preferable. Carter's bill sets aside 6 per cent yearly whereas Bigby's does not. In an aside he pledged Dr. Pattie Van Hook, who was in attendance, "the total support of my agency." Dr. Van Hook has been the s u b j e c t of recent criticism for alleged expense v o u c h e r irregularities at Shreveport-Bossier Health Unit which she heads. "Certainly I'm very proud of the public health officer you nave here," he said. Medicaid and Medicare pro-grams have not eliminated the necessity of public hospital facilities, he said. "The great grandiose federal p r o g r a m s have not solved the medical problems of the old or the poor," Dr. Mary told the group. "Public hospitals are as viable today as they ever were." He said there is no question that federal p r o g r a m s have helped the poor's plight but their monies cover only 30 per cent of the people the state public hospitals handle. The rest is paid with L o u i s i a n a tax dollars. Dr. Mary projected by 1975 the position may be reversed with the federal government paying 70 per cent. Changes will come in the mechanism of pay, he said. Some patients may be chan-neled into the private sector. CHANGES TO COME Hospitals used as teaching [grounds for medical schools he said, will see changes related to the patient. There might be a price e x t r a c t e d (from the school) for the use of patients in public hospitals as teaching material, Dr. Mary surmised. And in the future, he said, the hospitals will be asking patients "May we use you to teach?" Dr. Mary said there also will come a reorganization of the medical school-public hospital setup that will emphasize pa-tient service rather than teach- The other change will come in J serious discussion of what it costs and who will bear the expense. "It is difficult to separate service costs from teaching costs," he said. Louisiana public medical cen-! ters will continue to be great enters of teaching, he said, and ill continue to grow.
|Title||Dr. Mary Hopeful CMMC to Share Racetrack Funds|
Mary, Charles C., Jr.
Confederate Memorial Medical Center (Shreveport, La.)
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