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Blood pressure scam
draws in big money
NEW YORK (AP) - Shish Kebab violation of city law, which requires
vendors, pamphlateers for porno that they be licensed if they charge for
parlors and shell game sharks have a sevice and are not working on behalf
new company on midtown Manhattan of a religious group, said Gary Walker
streets - scores of operators who of the city Department of Consumer Af-
charge a fee for taking blood-pressure fairs.
readings. Manhattan police Sgt. John Murphy
Many operate illegally, authorities said his men issued summonses to two
say. blood-pressure testers on Wednesday.
Some are members of the Hare
Krishna sect. Others are free-lance en- HEALTH officials raise other objec-
trepreneurs. Still others say they work tions to the street testers.
for outfits that furnish them with red-
and-white card tables, posters and "It's amost not ethical to do that,"
blood-pressure devices. said Sonja Hedlund, assistant director
SOME ASK for "donations," but of the state Health Department's
others charge $1 or $2. Estimates of in- hypertension program.
come run as high as several hundred "Our position is that blood pressure
dollars a day in midtown locations with measurement should be done by
bustling pedestrian traffic. qualified people," she said, with proper
Most are not licensed. That is a follow-up and treatment.
U'offiIs defend student
loan default rates
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hurts future students," Grotrian said.
collecting . . . There were some schools Both Butts and Grotrian claimed
that never sent bills," he added. students are not high credit risks.
Harvey Grotrian, director of the Eighty-five percent of all students
University's Office of Financial Aid, at- have not missed one payment, accor-
tributed lower default rates to growing ding to Grotrian.
student awareness-of the obligation at- "I'm not sure we can criticize studen-
tached to a loan. More students now un- ts for paying back their loans at the
desand, he said, "that t (oans) same rate students' parents pay back
are indeed borrowing against future their personal and business loans,"
earnings." Grotrian added.
A school can be penalized for having "On the whole, especially, right now,
a high NDSL default rate. If a school's student loans compare favorably with
rate is between 10 and 25 percent, the other types of loans," Butts said, citing
school may lose new funds on a dollar- mortgage and small business loans in
for-dollar matching basis. If the rate is particular,
above 25 percent, the school will "I can't understand why people want
receive no new funds according to to pick on students," he said. "It's not
federal regulations. fair to single that group out."
"A DEFAULT in that program only
Government cracks down
on delinquent doctors
Thundershowers will make a most unwelcome visit to campus today.
Temperatures will be in the muggy 70s. El
Beak to beak
MEDICAL science for barn-
yard animals was advan-
ced this week with an amazing
veterinary breakthrough - the
world's first beak transplant. The
operation was performed upon
Beep the goose, whose beak was
partially bitten off in an encoun-
ter with a large dog. Once a
suitable donor bird was found, a
healthy bill was grafted onto
Beep's badly damaged beak with
an epoxy and fiberglass attach- (
ment. The transplant, performed
at the Grand Avenue Pet Hospital
in Santa Ana, Calif., was a com-
plete success. Beep, pictured
here with owner Diane Day, is
recovering nicely and will be up
and honking in the next few days.
CFT - Fists of Fury, 1:00 p.m. & 6:00 p.m., The Chinese Connection, 2:45
p.m. & 6:30 p.m., Enter the Dragon, 4:45 p.m. & 10:30 p.m., Michigan
AAFC - King of Hearts, 7 p.m. & 10 p.m., Morgan! 8:45 p.m., Lorch.
Cinema Two - Remember My Name, 7:30 p.m. & 9:30 p.m., Aud. A,
Ark - David Bromberg, 8 p.m. & 10:30 p.m., 1421 Hill.
Museum of Art - Art Break, "Leonardo's Return to Vinci," 12:10 p.m.
Student Wood and Craft Shop - power tool safety class, 6 p.m., 537 SAB.
To submit items for the Happenings Column, send them in care of
Happenings, The Michigan Daily, 420 Maynard St., Ann Arbor, MI. 48109.
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"MORE THAN 3,000 new loans could
have been made if these loans had been
repaid on time," he said.
The problem concerns nine percent
interest loans for health professions
students and six percent interest loans
for nursing students. More than 313,000
people have $639 million in loans under
the two programs. The loans, for which
HHS provides 90 percent funding, are
administered by schools.
The audit found 80 doctors who work
for the government among the debtors.
Forty are civilian HHS employees and
21 make more than $40,000 a year. The
others are Public Health Service com-
missioned offices, with base pay
ranging from $22,000 to $39,000.
SCHWEIKER said 25 have brought
their loan repayments up to date as a
result of the crackdown, and the other
55 will be disciplined unless they act
The audit found 83 overdue doctors on
the staffs of 19 medical schools; 25 of
them at Harvard University. Depar-
tment officials have contacted the
schools and some, including Harvard,
have begun taking steps to collect.
Kusserow said six medical schools
have recovered $230,000 since stepping
up collection efforts/in February. If all
schools achieved similar results, the
overdue $5.2 million could be recovered
in a year, he said.
The audit also turned up 442
delinquent doctors who collected $12.4
million in federal funds from Medicare
and Medicaid patients in 1980 and 1981.
One doctor, past due on $931.24 in
principal and $121.76 in interest at New
York Medical College, got $99,109 from
Medicare and $252,563 from Medicaid in
1980 and 1981, the audit said.
Schweiker said his department will
issue new regulations by the beginning
of the next school year setting
delinquency rate ceilings and penalties
for exceeding them, with automated
systems to keep track.
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