Schafer: Mayo's clinic for business execs serves as reminder

  • Article by: LEE SCHAFER , Star Tribune
  • Updated: November 1, 2013 - 8:57 AM

The recent announcement by the Mayo Clinic of a more than $67 million gift completely overshadowed news of a $10 million gift announced just a week earlier to help expand Mayo’s center for executive health in Rochester.

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vlombardyOct. 31, 13 9:47 PM

Excellent article. Mayo likes to hold itself up as the benchmark of good health care. Good health care involves prompt diagnosis and appropriate treatment. It doesn't necessarily include a battery of expensive lab tests, scans, and interventions for healthy people. Such an approach would bankrupt the health care system if offered to everyone. I suppose they rationalize the expense since it's offered to less than 1% of the people, who might be interested in giving millions to them in return for concierge care away from the masses.

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gemie1Oct. 31, 1310:58 PM

Please! Mayo caters to the wealthy and our tax dollars earned by the middle and lower middle class is being given to expand their elitist medical destination. Our Governor gets his care there and many people in our state do not have access to it and will not have it in the future. Mayo Clinic should be vilified by every tax payer in this state.

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honeybooNov. 1, 13 2:28 AM

I defy anyone to explain how a business executive's discretionary expenditure on a physical examination somehow deprives anyone else access to healthcare. This should be good.

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stormn11Nov. 1, 13 6:44 AM

Welcome to the "real" mayo......

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vlombardyNov. 1, 13 7:23 AM

honeyboo: The point is that screening for healthy people is not cost efficient. A good medical history and physical exam is necessary periodically, with follow up tests, procedures, etc. if the exam suggests the need. It's why specialty societies periodically change their guidlines for appropriate care. Routine PSA screening, for example, is no longer good practice unless the patient's history suggests increased risk of the disease. Enrolling someone in a "comprehensive" evaluation with labs, EKG, stress tests, MRIs, etc. which are often done BEFORE the patient is seen is wasteful, and not considered good practice whether or not you can afford it.

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mdgoldnerNov. 1, 13 7:56 AM

Lee, you take your analogies too far. Premium health care, as offered by the Mayo is, as you say, not one of life's public necessities. But basic family health care, offered in an affordable and universal manner is one of the key attributes of an affluent, highly taxed, responsible country. A country where children, the aged, the infirm, the poor and their families need not fear illness because of economic circumstances. What you suggest as self evident, that health care is meerly a private commodity, is , frankly, absurd.

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wolftracksNov. 1, 13 8:05 AM

Mayo is open to everyone. We were able to get my granddaughter in there within three days. We are certainly not rich or elite. She received exceptional care from every person we encountered during her stay.

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suzukisvNov. 1, 13 8:10 AM

more proof that we live in an ever expanding corporatist oligarchy. Welcome to the United Corporate States of America!

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EleanoreNov. 1, 13 8:55 AM

While my Minnesota state licensed insurer is freed by the state to discriminate against me by not including coverage for treatment or investigation at Mayo, I am forced to subsidize EXCESS improvements to the infrastructure supporting this profitable entity so that they may attract even more business to cost drivers like this. When it’s time for pitchfork and torches and brooms to come out, the fifth floor at mayo and those who helped make its subsidies happen should not be forgotten. This is what excess and trying to create two nations inside America lead to, be not surprised.

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gemie1Nov. 1, 13 9:48 AM

It does not matter what the majority of the people here in Minnesota think or what to have done with their tax dollars. The people that hold the power in our state, are connected to Mayo Clinic and they decide how to spend our money and keep Mayo Clinic out of the reach of many. We need viable candidates to get these people out of office.

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