Sanford Health invests big in genetic testing

  • Article by: Jeremy Olson , Star Tribune
  • Updated: January 7, 2014 - 9:43 PM

The S.D.-based health network is betting that such information will help improve primary care.

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cootoriginalJan. 8, 1412:31 AM

So is the genetic investment for health, or marketing purposes?

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WaterBunkerJan. 8, 14 5:30 AM

"In Minnesota patients cannot consent to genetic tests without...". More proof that in MN, nothing is allowed. What is it about your state that no one seems smart enough to make decisions for themselves?

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jackpinesavJan. 8, 14 8:53 AM

Sanford has for years wanted to expand his charitable giving to include the U of M, to the tune of millions for sports facilities; only to be rebuffed by U officials. This guy has a national presence and they run full page ads in Phoenix paper thanking him. Perhas it is time for U to reevaluate this relationship. Or do only big banks count here?

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acidradioJan. 8, 14 9:31 AM

Sanford is the guy who invented the 79% APR Visa card. He took the profits from that and started buying up hospital chains. So now he wants to look "charitable". What is he repenting for?

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decembersueJan. 8, 14 9:39 AM

Sanford health is more of a "nonprofit" than a nonprofit. For many reasons, Minnesota is better off without that merger. Sanford himself is the sort of ethically questionable rich guy that throws money around without evaluating the true needs of a community. We need fewer grossly undertaxed rich boys making our decisions for us. The issue of overtesting is very, very serious - on prostate cancer alone, overtesting is resulting in hundreds of thousands of men being injured by unnecessary surgeries. Genetic testing promises the same sort of waste and harm unless it is done very carefully.

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mrknowitallJan. 8, 1410:03 AM

jackpinesav -- What does he want in return for his donation? His name on everything? Influence? Maybe the U of M and Fairview Hospital systems? If there were not strings attached do you think the U of M would turn down his donation? Also look at how he made his money -- charging usurious credit card rates to low- and middle-income people. What's his problem that he will he will not simply donate his money and let it go at that, when I give money I give it anonymously and ask for nothing in return. The U of M is far bigger han one donor and is not for sale to the highest bidder, and I am glad they are steering clear of him. He can give his money wherever he wishes, and I hope it helps a lot of people. In the meantime, the U of M is doing well and has fine athletic facilities and we have some of the best health care in the world in MN.

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