Health merger motivations remain strong despite Sanford-Fairview failure

  • Article by: Jackie Crosby and Jeremy Olson , Star Tribune staff writers
  • Updated: April 14, 2013 - 10:07 PM

Fairview, Sanford Health and the University of Minnesota all face pressure to get bigger.

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herby2013Apr. 14, 13 9:44 PM

"The abrupt end to merger talks at Fairview Health System last week still leaves complex questions about how the organization will compete and thrive in the years ahead." You can thank Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson for that. Swanson just had to stick her big nose into this and Sanford decided the fake moral outrage and harassment from Democrats like Swanson just was not worth the trouble.

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physics1966Apr. 15, 13 1:55 AM

The salient thing in this whole discourse is access to well-insured populace so that the health care provider can get paid, and get paid for procedures that are maybe not really needed, but are done anyway if the patient is not footing the bill. Sanford Health would like to get into the Minnesota Market because we are unionized generally, and have good health care benefits because of it. Sanford is not prying its way into Texas, because there are no widespread health benefits there. No surprise that a right-to-work state would come sniffing around a state like Minnesota if it means harvesting those dollars that accrue to workers that are unionized. You dumb guy who accuses Lori Swanson of sticking her nose into something and preventing a good thing from happening in Minnesota, GET THE BIG PICTURE. Sanford Health will be sucking money out of Minnesota, not the other way around

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comment229Apr. 15, 13 4:50 AM

Someday, our health care system in this country is going to get back to what is was intended to be; not something that financial analysts smile at. Every time I hear of these mergers or expansion, the intent is monetary first, patient care second. We have become the best health care system in the world, that many citizens of the USA, cannot afford. Ask anybody with a catastrophic insurance policy how it is working out for them.

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comment229Apr. 15, 13 4:54 AM

Finally, to those that cite the fact that these are non-profit enterprises, I will make you a deal. I will mow your lawn, and you pay me one million dollars for that job, and I will figure out a way to show zero profit at the end of the year.

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ak13741Apr. 15, 13 9:26 AM

Fortunately Lori Swanson investigated when she did. This merger discussion has been going on for almost a year and we just are learing about it now?? After Accretive, transparency is even more important.

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