Mayo proposal is sound, but industry is a problem

  • Article by: Paul John Scott  , Star Tribune
  • Updated: March 16, 2013 - 7:50 PM

The question about Mayo’s plan for a Destination Medical Center isn’t whether it makes sense for Rochester and for the state. (It does.) The question is whether Mayo will seize this moment to lead change in an industry gone awry.

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pumiceMar. 16, 13 8:27 PM

From the article: "Mayo is about to take a bold step forward within a system that has lost its moorings. Let’s hope that as it does so, it seeks a way to reform, rather than simply prevail." Or we could follow Ronald Reagan's sage advice: "Trust but verify." The promises associated with Mayo's Destination Medical Center are numerous... and certainly more attractive than a football stadium.

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fordtudorMar. 16, 13 9:36 PM

Mayo is Minnesota'a third largest employer. Plus, their medical industry related high end employment in the State is enormous. Support their proposal. Just think what the State of Minnesota is spending on the Vikings with employment numbers don't register as significant (even with their 12 annual game day parking attendant jobs).

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patasticMar. 17, 13 7:19 AM

"(To be honest, a lot of buildings in this town make a good case for eminent domain.)"...good for a snobby chuckle, there. Seriously, there are some good points made. The incestuous relationship between drug companies and FDA leaves one wanting. My parents truly believe they can get a pill to fix anything that ails them. They grew up watching polio being cured. Its what they believe. Diet, exercise and personal fitness be damned.

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pitythefoolsMar. 17, 13 9:27 AM

"The state loses no money; it only gets less new money. She is essentially complaining about getting a little bit less of funds the state was never going to get in the first place."

Now that's an amazing statement. With that logic, the government should be in the business of funding all business expansions, so that it can get tax revenue that otherwise it wouldn't get. The government should pick winners and losers. And it should require some sort of guarantee, like say fund businesses 100% for 100% ownership in the business.

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jdc12765Mar. 17, 13 9:34 AM

Well thought out, written article that touches on many current themes all MN taxpayers face: role of government with the private sector, the dysfunctional US healthcare system and a state government that continues to react to the moment without any clear vision to a long term vision. Either state programs need to be cut or we need more taxes. I have not seen a commitment or vision since Rudy or Arne. I am concerned that this may accelerate regional fractures that the author acknowledges exist but considers petty. I agree with the main point of the author's.......I hope Mayo would lead the way in innovative affordable health care for all.

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jackpinesavMar. 17, 1310:09 AM

Reality of health care reform will be change: stress prevention and healthy lifestyles; go after smokers and drinkers and overweight and non-exercisers, who cost us a ton of $$$. Lets talk about the elephant in the room: end of life issues and costs associated to it; also 20% of population use 80% of funds. Private insurance companies make BILLIONS every year with no real regulation by states or fed. With boomers here, we cannot delay these discussions.

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gemie1Mar. 17, 13 1:41 PM

Great article! My only question here, why is it that patient registration and donations are way down at Mayo Clinic? There are definitely systemic and viability issues for the medical industry and Mayo Clinic. Do these issues get addressed on a state or national level or from each facility or both? We live in a state that likes to throw money at issues without addressing the underlying problems. I am not against state money going to develop the City of Rochester, but can we be more than just a band-aide (money) society?

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supervon2Mar. 17, 13 4:15 PM

The Mayo is smart enough to know if they add a light rail between buildings the State will fall all over themselves putting up the money. Long live the State.

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stplooklistnMar. 17, 13 9:19 PM

Well,any proposal will look better and more worthwhile if compared to the Vikes Stadium. Make the argument on its merits.

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epwickerMar. 19, 13 7:06 AM

After seeing the biggest fanciest buildings in almost all cities be the new health care clinic it's pretty obvious that the author is correct. Health care delivery in this country is a run-a-way freight train adding speed as it careens uncontrollably down the tracks. We spend twice as much as any country in the world on health care and get worse results. Many are happiest when their physician prescribes another new pill to "control symptoms". Cutting out just half of the quantity of unecessary procedures prescribed by greedy medical practitioners would go a long ways towards reducing our federal deficit. I applaud Mayo and hope that they can take some leadership in this area too rather than just ratcheting up the revenue to fund ever more lavish salaries and buildings.

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