For Minnesota, greatness lies in two visionary health care proposals

  • Article by: Jim Abeler
  • Updated: April 15, 2013 - 10:28 AM

The U-Fairview and Mayo proposals offer a chance to think big.

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pumiceApr. 14, 13 6:35 PM

From the article: "But 'nice' means not being at the cutting edge, not pushing the limits nor competing at the top of our game, possibly losing our nation-leading health care status." Kudos to R-Abeler (a resident of the 6th CD...) for his foresight and courage. Health care will be a growth industry for years, if not decades--Jobs. Jobs. Jobs.

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jjminblzrApr. 14, 13 7:09 PM

Wonder if Mayo Clinic has in interest in U of M and Fairview? That would keep it all in Minnesota, Mayo has a presence at the U and the U has a presence in Rochester. Mayo would merely bring these two into the Mayo Health Care System. Would add another option for the Twin Cities residents. Then Destination Medical Center would have a presence in the Twin Cities. Would allow the legislature to vote YES for the Twin Cites as well as Rochester. INTERESTING THOUGHTS!!

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jhb8426Apr. 14, 1310:22 PM

Once upon a time in a land far far away the U of M had it's own hospital. Somebody decided it was better and more cost effective to let someone else take it over. Only after another someone else expressed interest in it did the powers that be decide maybe they should control it again.

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tkcloutieApr. 15, 13 7:30 AM

Prosperity tomorrow requires investment today. A very progressive proposal by a Republican no less. This is a huge opportunity for Minnesota.

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bobajoulApr. 15, 13 8:40 AM

"Once upon a time in a land far far away the U of M had it's own hospital. Somebody decided it was better and more cost effective to let someone else take it over." The story is more shameful than that. The U central Admin panicked under advice of Mark Rotenberg, sold it as a firesale and the central admin had no one other than a junior staffer at the closure- why? It was a holiday- Dec. 31. Source? attorney for the Fairview team in the room. The sale was a bad idea then, having the U central admin run it again is a bad idea. Kaler is a better leader than Hasselmo, but the problem is the U has a ton of outside interference in all decisions. The Lori Swanson show was another example.

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mn2niceApr. 15, 13 8:45 AM

When I think of highly regarded academic medical centers, many names come to mind. Here are but a few: Yale New Haven Health System, affiliated with Yale University; Georgetown University Medical Center; The University of Florida Academic Health Center, Jacksonville; Rush University Medical Center; Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center; University of Michigan Health System; AND, the University of Minnesota Medical Center. All of these university-based academic health centers, along with many not mentioned here, provide their patients with first-class medical care backed by research and innovation only found at academic health centers. As tkcloutie said above, "Prosperity tomorrow requires investment today." I urge Fairview and the U to continue their dialogue to create a truly world-class, academically-based, University of Minnesota Academic Health System. Greatness is within reach; you only have to want it badly enough to pursue it.

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liberallymnApr. 15, 1310:35 AM

The Mayo proposal is nuts. Every industry goes through considerable fragmentation over time. This means that in order to serve more customers, you don't make them come to Rochester, MN; you take your services to the corner store. It's called retailization of health care and if I can get a hip replaced at a Mayo Clinic in Florida or a heart replaced at a Cleveland Clinic in Las Vegas where state taxes are low...then I prefer that option. It's silly to project that hundreds of thousands of people are going to travel to Rochester, MN to get medical care. Better to open up 350 retail locations and then refer only the hard core cases locally into the mother ship. If the State falls for a funding scheme to build out Rochester, I can assure you that in 20 years this will seem like the dumbest decision the legislature could ever have made, right after the electronic pull tab scheme to fund the Vikings stadium.

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liberallymnApr. 15, 1310:38 AM

pumice...the jobs will be added in low income tax states. Doctors who are near retirement will take a gig with Mayo but they don't all want to come to balmy Rochester, MN. Thus, they may want to setup shop in tax free Nevada, low tax Florida or low tax Texas. What does it matter as long as you're getting the 'Mayo' Brand? Used to be you had to travel 20 miles to find a Costco or SuperTarget. Not any longer. The model is changing quickly. Google Cleveland Clinic locations and you'll see what's going on in the industry. Building a mega hospital in one city is an ancient model that won't serve Minnesota well, but will make Rochester city leaders popular.

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yardboyApr. 15, 1310:47 AM

Speaking of being visionary, how about we all open our eyes to the fact that health care costs are bankrupting our country, something that was supposed to have been addressed with Obamacare (which has had quite the opposite affect). And then look back a few short years ago where the Mayo Clinic actually stopped taking new Medicare patients in AZ. And yet we now are supposed to help them out further with more taxpayer dollars even if you may not be able to be seen by them if you are on Medicare in the future? Who is it that the Mayo Clinic is really trying to help here other than themselves?

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dewarfApr. 15, 1311:19 AM

Makes perfect sense to me. Of course Fairview has to agree and they are the one that bailed out a failing University of Minnesota hospital and now have to be convinced that turning control back to The U is better than a partnership with Sanford or keeping things as they are today. It will be interesting to see this play out. Mayo's proposal is a no-brainer for Minnesota. Let's hope the DFL sees the wisdom in helping build Rochester into a city that can support Mayo's multi-billion dollar expansion plan.

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