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Page 2-Wednesday, June 13, 1979-The Michigan Daily
Reductions in new 'U' Hospital announced
Continned from Page d clevel." He said much will be decided by
DESPITE THE announced changes, proposal, and the plans were passed on ZIEL'S RE MARKS immediately the state legislature in its allocation of
the University apparently still is plan- to the MDPH with a recommendation to drew criticism from CHPC members. funds for the project.
ning a large, specialized-care hospital, deny approval of the project. Mel Ravitz of the CHPC said he was ARNOLD RICH, an attorney for the
which would include educational space Although CHPC members said they "surprised and, ina way, shocked" that Joint Capital Outlay committee of the
such as auditoriums and conference agreed a new hospital was needed, they the project had been altered at the state state legislature, said earlier it wa
rooms. also said the hospital would add to the level. He charged the MDPH and the unlikely the hospital would receive th
Ziel said he spoke at the meeting of current excess of hospital beds in the University with violating the intent of $200 million for which Universit of
the executive committee of the regional region. In addition, they said the $244 the health planning law by changing the ficials are asking. He estimated the
health planning agency - the Comp- million projected cost was too high. plans and not resubmitting them to the legislature would likely approve about
rehensive Health Planning Council for They said the University had not suf- regional planners for re-review. $140 million in bonds to fund the project
Southeastern Michigan (CHPC) - in ficiently explored alternatives to Nathaniel Brooks, another CHPC At the end of yesterday's meeting, the
order to smooth relations between the building such a large hospital, and member, said, The University executive committee of the CHPC ap-
MDPH and the regional planners. suggested using space in other deferred on our (CHPC's) request for a proved a resolution saying the project
The CHPC reviews hospital plans for hospitals. delay on the grounds that such a delay should be reviewed again by regional
southeastern Michigan and makes Ziel reminded the regional health would be too costly, and I would just grousd e CHPC
recommendations to the MDPH on planners that their agency served in like to note that they have since made Ravitz, who has been critical of the
whether a project meets regional only an advisory role to the MDPH. such a request (at the state level)." way the planning for the hospital has
health care needs. The MDPH is "WE FEEL that the CHPC recom- ZIEL SAID THE University had only been handled, later said he would ask
charged with making the final decision mendation that the project be reviewed agreed to a delay under the threat of the CHPC to endorse an appeal to the
on such projects, and without that by a task force has been met at the state having the entire project disapproved governor and the legislature to decide
agency's approval, a hospital cannot be level," he said, by the MDPH. whether the MDPH and the University
built. Ziel said the state task force had in- He said the MDPH was following the have violated the intent of the health
IN ITS REVIEW of plans for a new cluded a representative from the CH- terms of the health planning law by olannino law.
University Hospital, two CHPC com- PC, as well as members of state agen- reporting revisions to the regional In addition to reductions announced
mittees voted against approving the cies and University planners. planning agency, the CHPC. in the number of beds and in the
"We feel that some rather dramatic In response to charges that the plan- hospital's projected cost, Sarbach said
THE MICHIGAN DAILY changes have been made, and we feel ning of the hospital was a bureaucratic there would be fewer private rooms in
(USPS 344-90)P
volume ixxx No.o-s that some of the recommendations in rather than a democratic decision, Ziel the hospital and some of the wards
Wednesday,June311,1979 the CHPC report have been ad- said, "Believe me, with this project, would be larger than originally plan-
is edited and managed by students at dressed," Ziel said, there will be politics, but not at this ned.

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Carter backs limited health care plan

Continued from Page 1)
"THE IDEA OF all-or-nothing has
been pursued now for nearly three
decades," Carter said, "but no one has
benefitted.... I'm determined to have
this legislation pass."
But even with a show of support from
several committee chairmen and long-
time backers of a variety of health in-

in a variety of colors

surance plans, the immediate reaction
showed there still was no clear consen-
sus for any one proposal.
Key provisions of the Carter plan in-
"dProtection for all people against the
costs of catastrophic illness by
eliminating existing limits for
Medicare beneficiaries and requiring
private health insurance plans to in-
clude a clause limiting any family's
liability for hospital and medical bills to
$2,500 in any one year. The elderly and
disabled would not have to pay more
than half that, $1,250.
" Employers would be required to
pay at least 75 per cent of all health in-
surance premiums, and employees or
their unions could bargain with in-
dividual companies to increase the
boss's share.
* All pregnant women, regardles of
what plan covers them, would be
guaranteed free prenatal care and

delivery, and their children would get
fee care, including preventive or so-
called "well-baby care" for the first
year of life.
yThe government would subsidize
the insurance premiums of small
businesses in order to ensure that their
employees get minimum benefits.
* Medicaid, now operated by every
state but Arizona, would be absorbed
into HealthCare. Eligibility would be
expanded to include not only the 15.7
million people now on welfare or
receiving aid to the aged, blind and
disabled, but any family whose income
falls below 55 per cent of whatever the
official poverty line that year. The ad-
ministration estimates 14.5 million
people would be added to the roles with
that change.
" The government would set the
maximum fees physicians could charge
under the HealthCare system.

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