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Social Security Administrator Robert M. Ball said he does not expect any severe shortage of hospital rooms due to the advent of medicare. He predicted an increase in hospital admissions of "not more than 5%" after hospital benefits go into effect for people 65 or over.However, Sen Edward M. Kennedy (D, Mass) said medicare may create as many problems as it solves unless the nation can provide more hospitals and medical facilities.Sen Kennedy said that it will require $1 billion a year for the next decade "just to bring all the nation's hospitals up to acceptable standards.""The estimate now is that from the aged there will be an increase in demand for medical services of 20%. This means a 5% increase in the overall national demand for health care," he said in a Detroit speech.The Special Senate Committee on Aging warned in a report
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