May 30, 1972 - MPR’s Paul Gruchow interviews Dr. Charles H. Mayo II about health security and the problems of current healthcare system.
May 31, 1972 - MPR’s Paul Gruchow interviews Dr. Charles H. Mayo II about national health insurance. Mayo formed a Minnesota organization to push for passage of national health legislation.
August 4, 1972 - MPR’s Paul Gruchow talks with community Mankato drug stores on the struggles of medication costs and cooperatives.
March 2, 1973 - Protest on Nixon daycare cutbacks, and a call for Minnesota healthcare. Nixon daycare cutbacks, healthcare, welfare. Minnesota Children's Lobby.
March 13, 1973 - Legislation on non-smoking resolution. Note: not a law, but a resolution. Smoking, cigarettes, lucky strikes and Kool commercials, second hand smoke (says it's okay!)
March 13, 1973 - State daycare legislation. House Representative Arne Carlson speaks in favor of daycare funding. Nixon daycare cutbacks, healthcare, welfare.
September 2, 1973 - Dr. Alvin Thompson, author of a paper on the U.S. health care system's effect on the working poor, (especially African Americans), is interviewed.
February 4, 1974 - Unknown speaker says the problem of national health insurance can be split into two parts. One part is financing, the other is the delivery system. National health insurance only addresses the first problem: how to get dollars to people who need to buy care. The second problem concerns doctors and hospitals and their performance. The speaker talks about lessons to be learned from Medicare, which was instituted five years ago. Health services shifted from the middle class to the old and the poor, and prices for services escalated much more than anyone expected.
June 8, 1974 - Sub-committee questionaire sent to hospitals is getting no response and state that they are not in a position to give out information on the costs of healthcare.
November 8, 1974 - Canadian doctor, Dr. Robin Bagley, talks about problems with Canadian health insurance plan. Says it doesn?t reward people equally on the basis of training or work. People on welfare would be written off. National Health has preserved this imbalance, How doctors are paid has little relationship to work and training, sharpens income gap between different types of health workers. Increases gap between those who are under national health insurance and those who aren?t. Assumption is that services are available to everybody; subtle distinction between availbility and accessibility. The question is if you?re sick are the services there. Unresolved dilemma, some provinces have more doctors, people in cities get more health services. How does a country decide how much it wants to spend on something? Caanadian government has not set money guidlines about how much money should be spent, obvious crunch coming. If you spend more in one area have to cut back other priorities. Speaks at press conference.