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Health plan
council votes
on 'U' Hospital
cost bike today

Daily staff writer
A federal health planning agency for southeastern
Michigan will meyt this mqrning in Detroit to decide
whether the University actually needs to increase by
$75 mnillion the cost of its.massive project to build a
replacement for University hospital and renovate
other areas of the University's medical complex.
The executive committee of the Comprehensive
Health Planning Council of Southeastern Michigan,
which represents public input to health planning in
the state, will send its recommendation on the project
to the Michigan Department of Public Health. The
MPDH, which will make the final decision on the
proposed cost hike, -last month encouraged the
University to seek the increase.
THERE ARE indications that the CHPC-SEM
Executive Committee may recdmmend that the state
reject the cost increase, but there is a divergence of
opinions within the Committee, according to CHPC-
SEM sources.
Last month. CHPC-SEM and Blue Cross-Blue

ichigan Daily-Tuesday, August 11,,1981-Page 3
Shield of Michigan questioned the University's action
in obtaining prior approval of the increase from the
state legislature and Gov. William Milliken, claiming
the University had side-stepped the public approval
IF THE COST increase is approved by the state,
Bremer said the projected gross expense per'patient
day-which is not the actual cost for the patient-will
be $1,408 in 1987." The cost would be $1,255 in 1987
without the new hospital project, Bremer said.
In 1979, CHPC-SEM planners projected that if the
University stuck to the current $210 million cost
ceiling, the patient cost per day would be $1,069 in
1990 dollars.
Bremer said the renovations which would be fun-
ded by the additional $75 million are needed to bring
the Women's and Children's Psychiatric Hospitals up
to health and safety codes, and to add intensive care
units to the Children's Hospital. In addition, the
current hospital outpatient building will be renovated
and eventually "turned into administrative offices,"
Bremer said, "instead of putting in expensive office


Daily Photo by KIM HILL.
On clear day
On the roof of the School of Education building, Cam Moody, a University employee, looks down at the construction site
where workers are installing a new heating system, and out over East University.
Students' hunger strike continues

From APand UPI
WASHINGTON-Airline schedules
between the United States anti Europe
were disrupted yesterday in the first
major international ramification of the
strike of 12,000 U.S. air traffic con-
The government yesterday tem-
porarily halted flights between the nor-
theastern United States and Europe
because Canadian air traffic con-
trollers sympathizing with the U.S.
strike refused to guide .those planes
across the Atlantic.
ARRIVING AND departing flights at
U.S. airports were delayed by as much
as four hours as they avoided airspace
over Canada; where controllers refused
to handle traffic bound to or from this
country. Airtraffic between the United
States and Canada was paralyzed.
The Federal Aviation Administration
said late Monday it began re-routing
some flights on a southern route across
the Atlantic at the request of airlines.
But FAA spokesman Dennis Feldman
acknowledged only a "small" number
of the estimated flights affected coqld
be rerouted, because Latin American
flights use that route too "and they
don't have all that capacity."
THE ACTION affected more than 150
of the 1,000 daily international flights
' into and out of the country. Most of
those flights go through air space con-
trolled by Canadian air traffic centers
in Gander, Newfoundland, and Mon-
cton, New Brunswick.
Robert Poli, leader of the striking air
controllers, appealed anew for
negotiations, saying tpe dispute could
end in two days if the government
would return to the bargaining table-a
course that has been puled out by Tran-
sportation Secretary Drew Lewis.
Lewis says the 12,000 strikers are
fired and that replacements will be
hired over the coming months.
A Federal Aviation Administration
Official/said the flights "were tem-
porarily being held on the ground"
while U.S. officials try to resolve the
problem with their Canadian counter-

Daily staff writer
Sixty Iranians-including two
University students and two other per-
sons from Michigan-arrested in New
Jersey last Wednesday on charges of
illegal entry to the United States are
now in the 14th day of a hunger strike
protesting the rule of Ayatollah
Rhuollah Khoneini in Iran.
The Iranians were arrested illegally,
claimed James Rif, their attorney,
Negotiations with immigration officials
yesterday for their release from
Otisville Federal Detention Center
were unsuccessful, Rif said.
OFFICIALS OF the Immigration and
Naturalization Service could not be
reached immediately for comment.
Hearings to examine the possibility of
lowering the bonds-currently set at
$20,000 for each of the Iranians-are
planned for today in Otisville, about 90
miles north of New York City. But Rif
said he'doesn't have high expectations

of the hearings. And, he said, the
Iranians will file suit for release "if
nothing happens in the next day or so."
Before their arrest, the 60 Iranians
were among 200 protestors staging a
six-day hunger strike against the
Khomeini government, and who par-
ticipated in a march to the United
Nations last Tuesday.
POLICE reportedly raided a house
where the students were staying in
Englewood, N.J. early Wednesday
morning, according to another Univer-
sity student participating in the protest.
The student, who requested
anonymity, said the police entered the
house ,without a search or arrest
warrant, and then arrested the 60
They were later charged with illegal
entry to the United States, according to
their lawyer. But, Rif said, the gover-
nment does not know their identity
because they refused to give their
names and cannot prove illegal entry..

"They are actually interested in
establishing the point that you have to
cooperate with the INS (Immigration
and Naturalization Service)," Rif said.
At least one of the Iranians im-
prisoned at Otisville was unconscious
for a while on Sunday and had to be
taken to the hospital as a result of the
hunger strike, according to Rif. And, he
said, several are being "force-fed" in-
THE ARRESTED Iranians are
members of the Moslem Student
Society and the People's Mojahedin
Organization of Iran, both political
groups opposed to Ayatollah
Khomeini's rule, and the recent mass
executions he is allegedly committing
in Iran.
According to Rif, the Iranians do not
want to release their names to im-
migration officials because they fear
the informaiton will leak back to
Khomeini, thus endangering the lives of
their families in Irqn.

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