Saturday, January 02, 2010

Mayo Clinic Branch To Stop Accepting Medicare Patients--Govt Reimbursement Is Too Stingy

Just in case you need yet another reason not to support nationalized health care:

Dec. 31 (Bloomberg) -- The Mayo Clinic, praised by President Barack Obama as a national model for efficient health care, will stop accepting Medicare patients as of tomorrow at one of its primary-care clinics in Arizona, saying the U.S. government pays too little...

Obama in June cited the nonprofit Rochester, Minnesota-based Mayo Clinic and the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio for offering “the highest quality care at costs well below the national norm.” Mayo’s move to drop Medicare patients may be copied by family doctors, some of whom have stopped accepting new patients from the program, said Lori Heim, president of the American Academy of Family Physicians, in a telephone interview yesterday.

This president and this Congress continue to show themselves to be complete and total buffoons, and they're bankrupting the country in the process.


allen (in Michigan) said...

Being a "glass is half full" kind of guy I'd like to point out that with a solid majority in the House, a filibuster-proof majority in the Senate and their president in the White House it's looking more and more like the lefties will have to be satisfied with another salami-slice, albeit a fairly thick one, when what they're all dreaming about is the real deal - single-payer, socialized medicine.

Darren said...

Get enough slices, though, and eventually you have the whole salami.

Ellen K said...

Yep, that's one of the stories I was talking about. And if I recall correctly, someone in the Obama Administration recommended that the entire plan for America take cues from Mayo. By that light, we should all simply not use the federal plan.

allen (in Michigan) said...

Sure, but who want's to wait around for "eventually"?

The noble, compassion-filled proponents of socialized medicine want what they want, they want it NOW and they're not interested in hearing the reasons why they can't have what they want, NOW.

Besides, the tactical reason for getting something, anything through is to avoid looking like incompetent boobs.

The entire Democratic leadership has committed to this policy and the only thing worse then a failure to get passage would be have the entire enterprise simply collapse as did HillaryCare. Then everyone associated with it looks like a shmuck and if it's one thing that'll motivate politicians above all others it's avoiding becoming a laughingstock.

They'll pass something even if it's not worth the effort, just to avoid appearing hapless and silly.