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Page 10-Tuesday, April 14,1981-The Michigan Daily
Health Service may

restructure
(Continued from Pase 1)
gynecological exams, immunizations,'
dermatology exams, infirmary and 1
emergency services, and most allergy
treatments.1
By eliminating the great majority of1
fees, University'officials say the ser-
vice will save several hundred
thousand dollars in the next few years
in billing costs.-.
"What I want to do," Briefer said, "is1
get us out of the business of being a1
business."~
UNIVERSITY, administrators said
the current system, which requires that
students pay for most services beyondR
basic care, creates costly extra work,1
not only for -the health service, but also1
for the patient, parents, the LSA t
Cashier's Office, Accounting and, not
infrequently, the Office of the Presidentx
itself.
The billing problem is so great that itc
probably keeps many students from ;
using the facility, Briefer said.
Steve Haywood, a member of thei
Student Health Advisory Committee,c
estimated that complaints about billing
amount to 91 percent of all those
registered at the service.
THE COMMITTEE, a self-appointed
group responsible for monitoring the
health service, is in favor of theI
proposal because it would provide bet-
ter service, according to Haywood.
Haywood predicted some studentst
may be opposed to the increase,
especially those under severe monetary
constraints and those who rarely orY
never use the service.
The report to the Regents concludes:t

fee plan
"In order to maintain a pluri-potenti
billing operation (the current fee for
service method), the Health Service is
burdened with a major overhead ex-
pense in manpower and system support
which is, of course, being subsidized by
the patients utilizing the services.
"It is our recommendation that
through prepaid fees this overhead be
gradually reduced and returned to the
patients in the form of increased ser-
vices and/or further cost contain-
ment. "
ALTHOUGH SOME students may
already be covered for all the services
provided at the Health Service, at least
half of all students who have received
care have no insurance, Briefer said.
He added most insurance policies do
not cover the initial costs of health care,
such as the standard fee charged by a
doctor for an office visit. "There is a
standard misconception that the
(health service) fee is a duplication of
insurance. But the facts don't bear that
out," Briefer said.
The director said the Health Service
sees at least half of the University's
students each year. He said 17,000
students have "charge accounts," but
added he had no way to determine how
many students use the service on an
immediate payment basis.
Rick Levick, who heads the Public In-
terest Research Group in Michigan, -
said yesterday "I think it (the Health
Service assessment) ought to be
refusable/refundable." PIRGIM had
its request to implement such a system
denied last month by the Regents.

London racial riots

Crouching behind riot shields, London police confront a group of youths in the
city's mostly black Brixton ghetto after Saturday's riots. The riots reportedly left
200 people injured and caused damages estimated at $2.2 million. It is the worst

racial violence the city has seen since 1948, and it sparked renewed calls in
Parliament for an end to non-white immigration.

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overcome. The deficit of venture
capital "used to be a severe problem,
but now we're on top of that." He
claims the introduction of the state's
Business Development Credit Cor-
poration bill, with the aid of the city's
Economic Development Committee,
creates an incentive for industries to
invest in high risk ventures by making
interest rates lower through tax exem-
ptions.I
SMITH THINKS THE University
must play a key role in the development
of high technology in southeastern
Michigan. "The University could serve
as a communication center. It can lead
the way for people with good ideas who
are tied up in their own company," he
said. Industries need to be able "to tap
into the University's faculty" and share
in their research efforts.
To "create new job opportunities
through greater use of high technology,
we have to increase the informal com-

munication," Smith said. "There
doesn't seem to be the kind of social
communciation necessary at both th
human level and the highly technica
level in Ann Arbor."
According to Herold, the process
must work both ways. "Many faculty
members consult with industry to apply
their research. The University has to
help those people get their ideas out into
the business world."
Frederick Neidhardt, chairman of
the University's Microbiology Depar-
tment, agrees that cooperation between@
academia and industry is necessary to
"be able to transfer research results in-
to useful products."
"About six years ago, I saw a new
breakthrough in recombinant DNA
methodology that thrilled me. Many
breakthroughs thrilled me, but this one
differed because it offered not only
promises of more knowledge, but also
nearly immediate practical application."

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