Over and over again, President Obama holds up the Mayo Clinic medical center up as his role model for American healthcare.
“The Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota is famous for some of the best quality and some of the lowest cost,” Obama said on June 11. “People are healthier coming out of there, they do great.”
“Now what we’ve seen is that there’s some communities and some health systems that do this very well,” he said on June 24. “Mayo Clinic, a classic example, in Rochester, Minnesota. People go there. They spend about 20-30 percent less than some other parts of the country and yet have better outcomes.”
“People fly in from everywhere to go to Mayo Clinic to get treatment,” he said on July 1. “It turns out Mayo provides care much more cheaply than a lot of other health systems, even though it’s better care.”
So the President has been showing the love for the Mayo Clinic. Unfortunately, it’s unrequited love.
Here’s what the Mayo had to say about ObamaCare:
Although there are some positive provisions in the current House Tri-Committee bill – including insurance for all and payment reform demonstration projects – the proposed legislation misses the opportunity to help create higher-quality, more affordable health care for patients. In fact, it will do the opposite.
In general, the proposals under discussion are not patient focused or results oriented. Lawmakers have failed to use a fundamental lever – a change in Medicare payment policy – to help drive necessary improvements in American health care. Unless legislators create payment systems that pay for good patient results at reasonable costs, the promise of transformation in American health care will wither. The real losers will be the citizens of the United States.
That hurts. But don’t worry – the Mayo Clinic probably has an outstanding pain management program.