Health, Education and Welfare Secretary John Gardner reported to President Johnson on steps taken to put the medicare program into effect by the July 1 starting point.The report noted these developments:
The HEW report predicted more than 1,000 hospitals will fail to meet either civil rights or quality standards by the deadline.Most of these hospitals are in the South and represent 15% of the nation's hospital beds. They may
Ninety per cent of Americans 65 or older have signed up for the voluntary part of medicare which covers physicians' bills;
Over 90% of the nation's hospitals have asked to participate in providing services under the basic program;
State health departments, the Blue Cross-Blue Shield plan, and private insurance companies chosen to help administer the program, and professional organizations such as the American Hospital Association and American Medical Association "are helping hospitals meet the conditions of participation."