Mergers sweep through health care sector

  • Article by: JACKIE CROSBY , Star Tribune
  • Updated: December 23, 2012 - 10:22 PM

The moves raise the possibility of better care, but also concerns.

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gemie1Dec. 23, 12 9:32 PM

These consolidations or mergers of different medical systems, from how it sounds, will make health care much easier for the patient. I think this is a sound community approach and will strengthen patient care. Besides the obvious benefits and reasons for merging or networking, in many areas, like suburban and rural areas, this can have an affect of strengthening many aspects of the community. The difference with Mayo is that their network is to raise revenue and attract new patients, whereas, other facilities and doctors are looking at ways to deliver medical services, keep costs down and have better outcomes. All the changes will not change the reality that medical facilities that have a high ratio of Medicare patients will have some hard obstacles to figure out.

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sek2undrstndDec. 23, 1210:44 PM

This may or may not have some practical benefits but the best way to reduce costs in health care is through comparative effectiveness.

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webfootDec. 24, 1212:32 AM

Hang onto your wallets people. Mergers end in monopololies and the price always go up, up, up and the service gets worse, worse, worse. Case in point - the airline industry.

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comment229Dec. 24, 12 4:40 AM

There may be some "obvious benefits" but the only thing I see, is another "layer."

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chuckdancerDec. 24, 12 6:34 AM

It makes sense and it has occurred across industries for decades now. We cann't afford the inefficienies any longer and overall better care will result.

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jcinmnDec. 24, 12 6:52 AM

webfoot "Hang onto your wallets people. Mergers end in monopololies and the price always go up, up, up and the service gets worse, worse, worse. Case in point - the airline industry" The airline industry, as a whole, has lost money since its inception. The cost, per passenger, to fly from point A to point B is less than the cost to drive when considering all of the costs of owning an automobile (aprox. 55 cents per mile according to the AAA)

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jcinmnDec. 24, 12 6:55 AM

The medical sector has brought this upon themselves by failing to reign in the malpractice costs. The malpractice problem has not gone away and patients will still suffer at the hands of incompetence.

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callmeronDec. 24, 12 7:00 AM

Thousands of jobs have already been lost in anticipation of new Obamacare taxes--including some very good paying jobs in research and development. North Memorial Hospital in Robbinsdale announced the other day they were laying off workers because of Obamacare. And yet, Democrats fought tooth and nail against tort reform which would limit frivolous lawsuits and humongous attorneys fees which sometimes exceed $100 million for a year or two worth of work filing lawsuits. Why? Trial lawyers give 97% of their political donations to Democrats. Please read: "For neurosurgeons in Miami, the annual cost of medical malpractice insurance is astronomical — $237,000, far more than the median price of a house. In Toronto, a neurosurgeon pays about $29,200 for coverage. It's even less in Montreal ($20,600) and Vancouver ($10,650)." Source: "Canada keeps malpractice cost in check", Tampa Bay Times (tampabay dot com), July 27, 2009. Have Democrats proposed limiting costs associated with lawsuits, many of which are frivolous? NOPE! And they NEVER will because they don't want to reduce the money flowing into their coffers.

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elmore1Dec. 24, 12 7:18 AM

Mergers will result in more jobless for sure. Lower cost and better service? Maybe...

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drichmnDec. 24, 12 8:14 AM

"North Memorial Hospital in Robbinsdale announced the other day they were laying off workers because of Obamacare." .... no they didn't. What they actually said is they are laying off at the hospital because of declining patient census but they will be opening three new clinics and refocusing on geriatric and preventive care.

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